50 days after Easter
Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. Acts 2:3-4
Happy Pentecost! Pentecost is the last day of the Easter season. For more information see “Easter Introduction” post. We return to ordinary time. According to St. John Chrysostom, “Today we have arrived at the peak of all blessings, we have reached the capital of feasts, we have obtained the very fruit of our Lord’s promise.” Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples.
Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. Acts 2: 1-3
Quick aside here. Speaking in tongues is not, as many would have you believe, spontaneously speaking in some unknown language, possibly gibberish. It is clearly speaking and everyone around you hearing it in their native language. So… if someone is truly speaking in tongues, more than likely you will not know it!
That being said, not only does this holiday commemorate the disciples’ day when they received the Holy Spirit but it also reminds us of our day. The day we let the Holy Spirit into our hearts. If you haven’t yet – now is that time!
Who is the Holy Spirit? For an in depth look please read, “In Defense of the Virgin” post. Short form is the Holy Spirit is the very breath of life. It is the essence of God within you that makes you truly alive, a living breathing physical manifestation of your soul. Open your hearts to God, to the Holy Spirit. Make this your Pentecost. If you need help with opening your heart, please read my series, “Falling in Love with God.”
Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart; and enkindle in it the fire of Your love. Come Holy Spirit and blow away petty ideas and fill my thoughts with Your wisdom. Amen.
Peace be with you.