Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week is updated by the Clergy of Chichester Cathedral, sharing readings, prayers or poetry for you to access at home.

Thought for the Week (June 1st 2020) - Reverend Dr Irene Smale, Cathedral Deacon

I have told you these things while I am still with you.  But the Helper, (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.  Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] John 14 v 25-27 (Amplified Bible)

Many people immediately associate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost with a tornado of tongues of fire and boldness to proclaim the Gospel as stated in the Acts 2 narratives. We read there of the amazing transformative power of the Holy Spirit in the life of Peter, whose bold proclamation of the Gospel resulted in 3000 people being baptised and added to the number of the disciples in one day. But it may also help us to bear in mind Jesus’ name for the Holy Spirit in John 14. The Greek word parakletos is used and often translated as an expert who is ‘called in’, in times of trouble.  May I encourage us all to pray ‘Come, Holy Spirit’ as we face the challenges posed by an unprecedented pandemic.  And so may the fellowship of Holy Spirit comfort and strengthen us all today and in the days to come.