The season of Easter concludes with today’s celebration, the feast of Pentecost. At Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. The Feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. The Church for some 2000 years has withstood the devastating ravages of time. It has seen empires rise, flourish and then fall. It has withstood diabolical attempts to destroy it from without and corrupting influences from within. Through it all the permanence and the stability of the Church has stood out like a beacon in the night.
God wants each of us to live our life in its fullness, the Good News Jesus came to reveal is intended for people of all time.
Jesus prepared a group of disciples some 2000 years ago, so that his mission on earth would be continued, he breathed on them and infused them with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus fulfilled his promise to send his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world, he unleashed on them the power of the Spirit and gave them their formal commission. “Go into the whole world; make disciples of all nations”.
It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that the Gospel was preached by such simple, unlettered followers. With their dedication and love for Jesus they evangelised the whole world in a few centuries.
Thanks to these faithful disciples, Christ’s message has spread far and wide. As at October 2018 the bible has been translated into 683 languages! The New Testament has been translated into an additional 1534 languages and bible portions or stories into 1133 other languages.
Today on the feast of the Pentecost, the Spirit comes to draw all people together, people of different languages and nations. Here in our Parish itself we have so many nationalities, languages, cultures all worshipping under the same roof, this itself is the work of the Holy Spirit.
The Church is as vibrant today as it was in apostolic times.
It is through this same Holy Spirit, that Pope Francis, laity, clergy and religious all collaborate to create a fruitful apostolate.
As we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, we continue to pray that the Holy Spirit be poured upon us, that we may better use the gifts we have been endowed with.
Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love, Amen
Fr George Carlos