Waiting Time

The disciples had to wait between Jesus’s ascension and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we wait in happy expectation, such as waiting for Christmas; at other times, waiting can be a very precious time, such as when we share the journey with some one dying. I wonder how the disciples felt while they waited.

When my mother was dying of breast cancer, I spent the whole time grieving: I didn’t talk to her about how she was feeling. But my regret for doing that was the spur to me, to later say to children dying from leukaemia …

The Long Wait

Any child, and any of us young at heart, will be able to tell about anticipation. Growing up, the excitement of Christmas began to build from the time we changed out of our winter school uniforms and we changed to our summer sports …
… For a very long time this man, Simeon, had been waiting to see the Messiah born. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would live until he had witnessed this event. So, day after day he watched and waited, looking upon each child presented at the temple with expectation and anticipation.