When somebody leaves a show, you know what’s coming. The convenient replacement character. From out of nowhere, somebody random shows up who just happens to perfectly fit the hole.
When it happens, it’s usually pretty clunky. You can almost hear the director yelling “Next!” About the only show that does it well is Doctor Who.
After Ascension and Pentecost, it’s almost like the Holy Spirit is a convenient replacement character. Jesus leaves. And then somebody randomly shows up, who just happens to perfectly fit the hole.
Except it’s not.
Which is the point of the first reading (Proverbs). It points back to Genesis. To remind us that the Holy Spirit has been here from the very beginning. Literally.
More on this tomorrow. Readings for Trinity