The Celtic image of the Holy Spirit is that of a wild goose. No docile white dove for them, the noisy boisterous spirit of the wild goose captures their understanding of the Holy Spirit. While the spirit may comfort us, it is also meant to disturb us, not to allow us to become to settled or comfortable in one spot. Wild geese are at once beautiful and distressing. They are noisy and call attention to themselves, often to their own peril, and on the other hand they are graceful in flight and powerful in their scope and prowess.
The publishing and resource arm of the Iona Community is call Wild Goose publishing. Last week they had a gathering at the centres working with others on worship and liturgical resources. And the intensity of their work and sessions was punctuated by the sudden and unexpected arrival of a gaggle of wild geese on the island. They have literally honked their way into our hearts. So on Wild Goose Resource Group week, wild geese showed up with the spirit.