Pentecost marked the beginning of the Church. The Risen Christ had returned to his divine glory, but remained with the Apostles in the fullness of his divine power by setting his Holy Spirit upon them.
Given Power by the Spirit
Jesus no longer could be seen by the human eye, but he was with the Apostles even more intimately than ever. His presence, his power, as the Risen Lord gave them energy, confidence and wisdom they had lacked before. When the Spirit was given to them, the Apostles knew that the Risen Saviour was not just a powerful memory, but a live and active person, Jesus Christ, still with them. He was God, living in their hearts, enlightening their minds and guiding their actions so they could give human witness to the divine Word. The disciples were strengthened, authorized and guided by the presence of the Spirit to be the Church. That is, Jesus Christ and his salvation would be brought to the world through them.
Each of us has been Baptized with water and the Spirit and have the same mission as the first disciples. Though we may not always be very good at letting the Spirit speak to our hearts, we are called to show Christ’s love. Though we have many fears that limit our actions, the Spirit is ready to empower us. In our prayer, we can ask Christ to help us welcome the direction of the Holy Spirit so that ours may be lives of faithful witness.
Do you remember a time when you acted – despite fear or uncertainty – to do something important? What result did this have in your own life, in your heart?
May the Holy Spirit fill us with the peace and joy that are meant for us in Christ.