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And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak (Acts 2, 1-4).
Today is Pentecost Sunday, one of the great feasts of Christianity and the end of the Easter Season.
It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, upon the Apostles and Disciples and the birth-day of God’s Church, with the gift of faith for all nations and the fullness of grace.
Pentecost was an important feast in the Jewish calendar and was primarily a feast of thanksgiving to God for the harvest.
The Apostles had already received the Holy Spirit on Christ’s first appearance to them after his resurrection (Jn 20:22). But on Pentecost day the descent of the Holy Spirit, with the gift of tongues, was a public manifestation intended to amaze the crowds of local and foreign Jews who thronged Jerusalem on the festive occasion.
From this day forward the apostles would be men dedicated to one purpose: to bring the good news, the Gospel of Christ, to the world.
The divine power of the Holy Spirit was very evident in the infant Church. This was necessary to prove to the pagans that the Christian religion was from the real God who controlled all things. The God of the Christians had real powers and they were distributed freely by the Holy Spirit when occasion demanded.
The anniversary of the public manifestation of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles marks the infinite love of God for us, his Chosen People of the new covenant.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York