Ascension Sunday and WCD2015

The title of this post is a bit naughty. How many of you instantly recognized that WCD2015 stands for World Communications Day 2015? Probably only my Catholic readers, and not even all of them, I suspect. It seems that the more we speak or write about communications, the less good we are at actually conveying anything. We lapse into acronyms or jargon which keeps the outsider firmly outside (unless one appeals on Twitter for someone to explain the trending hashtag of the day). Yet today’s great solemnity of the Ascension is what we might call perfect communication. The Risen Christ ascends to his Father, taking with him our grubby humanity, so that God and humanity are for ever one; and because he has returned to the Father, the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the one who can articulate the prayer we could never put into words, can come upon us, overshadow us and make us new.

This is a day for silence, wonder and awe, for allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us and quietening anything that might hinder our hearing what he has to say. If we need to focus our prayer, then surely we should pray not only for media professionals but also for ourselves, that we may be good communicators, communicating good — which is ultimately to allow God to communicate himself through us.

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