Feast of Pentecost
Jesus once told his disciples, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” How true were those words for Mary, the Apostles, and disciples who were in Jerusalem on that great day we call Pentecost. One of many things we celebrate on this fiftieth day of the Season of Easter can be summed up in one word: FULFILLMENT. There are three ways that the day of Pentecost was a time of fulfillment.
- First of all Pentecost is the fulfillment of prophecy. Speaking through the prophet Joel, God promised: “In those days, I will pour out my spirit. And I will work wonders in the heavens and on the earth.” God said through the Prophet Ezekiel: “I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you.” We remember when the Holy Spirit came upon the Church in power.
- Next, Pentecost is the fulfillment of the promises made by Jesus. We read these words of Jesus written by Saint John the Evangelist: “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. As Scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me.’” “The Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth.” In sending the Holy Spirit upon the Church the Word Made Flesh was once more true to his word.
- Finally, Pentecost is the fulfillment of prayer. Saint Luke reported that before ascending to heaven, Jesus told those who believed in him to gather in the upper room to wait and pray in faith. They prayed the psalms; they sang hymns; and they used their own words asking for strength to live by God’s will and to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You know, God will not and cannot bless us without our prayer.
We celebrate today that the Holy Spirit, foreseen by the prophets and promised by Jesus, came in power on Pentecost Sunday. Remember this same Holy Spirit continues to come into the hearts and minds and souls and lives of believers here and now – today. Please pray with me by saying, ® “Come, O Holy Spirit, come.” when invited.
Come, O Holy Spirit, come. Come like holy fire and burn within us. ®
Come like holy wind and cleanse us. Come like holy light and lead us. ®
Come like holy truth and teach us. Come like holy love and enfold us. ®
Come as abundant life and fill us, convert us, and consecrate us
until we are completely yours. ® Come, O Holy Spirit, come.