Meditation for Pentecost’s Sunday 2020.
Acts 2:1-11; 1Cor 12: 3-13; John 20:19-23
50 days after the resurrection of Christ, we celebrate the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church as the people called up by God since his covenant with Abraham.
The Pentecost was one of the greatest feasts of the Jewish. It was called the feast of the harvest because it was celebrated during the harvest time. It was also referred to as the feast of the weeks for it occurred 7 weeks or 50 days after the sabbath of the Jewish’s Passover. Pentecost means then 50 weeks. As Jesus transformed Passover to Easter, 50 days later, the day of Pentecost was transformed into an extraordinary day when God inaugurated a new era of the Holy Spirit. Our celebration of the Pentecost is the celebration of a new era promised by Christ himself. The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Chap 2:1-11) recalls exactly what happens on that day after Jesus had ascended into heaven. St Luke give us very sensitive details of the day. From heaven there was a sound like a rushing wind and the house and they were was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Lord may our homes and habitations be filled with your presence as it was on the day of Pentecost. May the same fire purify our world today! Oh, Holy power of God fill every human life as prophesied by the Prophet Joel that your sons and daughters will prophesy, old men of our times may dream dreams, and youth may see visions. (Joel 2:28). Thanks to the Spirit who makes us capable of acknowledging Jesus as our Lord. Thanks to the same Spirit which operates in various ways in everyone of us as members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12: 3-13).
The Pentecost recalls the beginning and the global mission of the Church. The Church is no longer limited to one place, to one nation, to one race but to the entire universe. Where Jesus has not gone himself, The Holy Spirit will lead his Church there as he promised himself (Mt28:20). Whereas Church was with his disciples physically, the Holy Spirit will now be with us spiritually. The disciples devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer (Acts 2:42). The Holy Spirit brings new commitment. With Him we become a living church, a learning Church, a collaborative church, a worship and parsing Church. How wonderful. We are missionaries. “As the Father sent me, I’m sending you too” (John20:20). Today we can say that the mission of the Holy Spirit is to bring comfort. Jesus said: “I will ask the Father to give you another comforter to help you and be with you forever” (John 14:16). He comes to sanctify us. We must humble ourselves and be at the service of God. This Pentecost we must challenge ourselves. To know that Christ is risen is not enough. We must live like risen people. It is the Holy Spirit who makes Christ to be alive in us and allowing us to bring joy in midst of distress, peace in the midst of war, love in midst of oppositions and hatred and forgiveness beyond the greatest wound and atrocity. Come Holy spirit, come with your power for new beginnings in our world today, new mandates and missions in our daily lives! With this year Pentecost we decree the end of the dark evil of the Corona virus in Jesus name. amen.
FR. Georges Bidzogo sac