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I celebrated the Easter Vigil in Glencoe and Easter Sunday in our Cathedral in Oban.
I celebrated the Sundays of Easter on Clyde and Hebridean islands, as well as in various communities across the western mainland. Most recently, on Benbecula, I celebrated, 40 days after his Resurrection, the Ascension of Jesus to the Father, and the promised sending of the Spirit upon the first disciples. Next Sunday I will celebrate Pentecost itself in Lochgilphead.
It has been beautiful to see so many local communities coming together in worship of the Risen Lord and to express their hope and love in Him. Since we are already in the tourist season it has also been uplifting to meet so many people from across the world attending our parish masses.
These people have taken the time to find out where the churches are and the times of mass. They have set aside part of their holiday to worship God and express their hope in him.
On Pentecost Sunday we hear how the Spirit’s message is for everyone and that he creates unity among different peoples. It has been uplifting for me to recently witness that the Spirit, across the earth, still touches people’s hearts and creates unity. It has also been wonderful to see so many people responding to God’s invitation- locals and visitors alike – and this renews my hope.
This Pentecost let us open our hearts to God and he will surely fill them with love a desire for unity and deep hope in his promises.
Bishop Brian McGee
Bishop of Argyll and the Isles