Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11, Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34, Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13,
& John 20:19-23
In the first few verses of the creation story from the Book of Genesis, we read how God hovered over the vast emptiness, breathed a Spirit, and there was the light that culminated in the rest of creation. Today, we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, of God sending the Holy Spirit upon His new creation—the Church.
For Christians, Pentecost is the beginning of the End Time. God is always faithful and sends the Spirit to bring about a full manifestation of the Epiphany: Jesus.
In today’s first reading from Acts, we hear the extraordinary story of how the early community gathered together from different regions and spoke in many languages. There was the confusion of tongues which is known as “babble.” When the Spirit again hovers over their “darkness,” tongues of fire enlighten their minds and hearts with the resultant communion of spirits and understanding.
The second reading from 1 Corinthians focuses on one Lord, one Spirit, but many manifestations of the Oneness. There are many works, but the same God produces all of them in everyone. Therefore, Pentecost is the day we celebrate the Church’s Baptism. The Spirit splashes the group of different souls, and the Church begins to create with the exact words from the Book of Genesis; “Let there be light!”
The Gospel narrative of Saint John is the account of Jesus breathing the Spirit upon their chaos and forming them into an inspired group of leaders who will be sent into the world to establish His Church on earth. Instead of ill-defined disorder, there is now to be peace and organization. Goals will be set and met as the disciples move forward in their mission. The laborers who were once few will now become many.
Sisters and brothers, “creation” resulted from the Spirit’s hovering and the coming in the flesh of the Word of God through Jesus Christ. That same Spirit continues to be given, to hover, to overshadow and bless each of us. The work of the Holy Spirit is “Sacramental.” In the Eucharistic prayer, there is an asking of the Spirit to come upon these gifts and make them holy. We have all kinds of names for this working out of the project of what I would like to call “the project of full-creation.” Those words are Epiphany, revelation, manifestation, incarnation, or what we might reverently call “showing off.”
It seems to work this way; Christ became flesh through the Holy Spirit. Through that same Spirit, we are made into Christ through our Baptism. Our full initiation into the Catholic faith is through the infusion of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Afterward, our lives are the actions that manifest our love for Jesus by living through His Words and example; to love God and to love our neighbors. Amen.
Question of the Day: How will the light of God, the Holy Spirit, shine in you and through you as you continue to live a Sacramental-filled life?
Prayer: Holy Spirit, enkindle the hearts of the faithful with the fire of Your love. Amen.