Acts 2:1-11; Gal 5:16-25; Jn 15:26-27.16:12-15
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11.
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God."
“Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.”
Pentecost is often referred to as the birthday of the Church. We the Church then are “sent” to “renew the face of the earth” and ask in the words of the Gospel Acclamation “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love.” Anything less than this is a distortion of what it is to be Church.
We cannot renew the face of the earth by locking ourselves in church buildings and shutting ourselves off from the world chasing our own selfish needs and wants and what makes us FEEL good about ourselves. To be Church demands of us to ask the hard questions – not run away from them. It demands that we stop, we look at Jesus and we love with Jesus’ heart present in us, and from there we go out and we attempt to make a difference.
To truly celebrate Pentecost we must ask Jesus the God of Love in our prayer to kindle in our hearts the fire of love being offered to each of us today and everyday. When we can truly pray this prayer with real and truthful desire then we can be assured that the Spirit is resting gently upon us and guiding us to renew the face of the earth. It is here where our Pentecost journey begins.
By A. Reiner