A final reflection on Pentecost from ‘The Life and Letters of Father Andrew’, Anglican Franciscan and parish priest.
This morning I was meditating on our Saviour’s words, ‘It is expedient for you that I go away.’
The Apostles’ faith in our Lord, when they were dependent on his visible presence, did not stand the challenge of the Cross. They all forsook him and fled. But a very few weeks after, those very same men were calmly facing authorities, ‘counting it all joy that they were allowed to suffer for the Name of Jesus.’
When he was with them they failed, when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was in them, they overcame.
The Life and Letters of Father Andrew, London, Mowbray, 1948 pp201-202.
The Cross of Triumph at Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge.