What is the meaning of this historical event that is called Pentecost and why should it affect our life today?
Ten days before Pentecost, Jesus at the moment of his Ascension said to them“You shall receive the power from the Holy Spirit coming upon you, and you shall be mywitnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1.8). After ten days of “retreat” with the Blessed Virgin Mary praying with them and for them, Jesus’ promise was fulfilled:
“When Pentecost day came round (the 50th day after Easter) they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.”
We may be tempted to say: “I don’t feel the need to receive the Holy Spirit”. If we are tempted by this thought, could we perhaps ask ourselves the two following questions:
- Is it possible for us to love one another and to forgive one another beyond our hurts, and sometimes deep hurts?
- Can we believe that Jesus is “God made flesh” without the Holy Spirit?
We do need the Holy Spirit to move us to love as Jesus loves!
St Paul teaches us that: “without the Holy Spirit, no one can say: “Jesus is the Lord.” There are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit. And there are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord”. (1 Cor.12)
The Easter Season is closing today with Pentecost Sunday. Yet, let us not close our hearts to his words: “If you love me you, keep my commandments (…) if anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him.” (John 14)
Since Jesus crucified gave us his Mother to be our spiritual Mother, to inspire us to acts of faith, hope and charity, to help us live in communion and peace with one another beyond our natural inclination to like or dislike, let us pray to her every day, especially through the prayer of the Rosary.