“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” ~Acts 2
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. This is the traditional time many will wear the color red at Mass and/or ring a hand bell during the Gloria as we remember the "tongues of fire" described in the Book of Acts.
The disciples, once filled with fear, now knew with certainty that God was with them as Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, to fill them with gifts that would fortify them and give them courage, even the ability to speak various languages so that the Gospel could be proclaimed. There is no doubt that this event was a powerful one. They emerged from that encounter with God fully transformed from fear to tremendous courage.
Christ sends us the Holy Spirit to continue the work of the Church. Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter and is considered the “birthday” of the church because of the transformation that came upon the apostles and disciples of Jesus. No longer afraid or divided, they emerge speaking various languages and calling forth the new message of the Gospel, a message of hope.
God’s purpose is to save us, to be close to us, to strengthen us and to give us the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Strength and Reverence for God. We are called to be witnesses to that faith today, in our own time.
May God bless you!