When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit, God’s divine presence given to each of us. It is our inspiration and guide, helping us to follow His teaching and share His love with the world. This was a new experience for the followers of Jesus, who were used to having Him present with them. In this new phase of their mission, they were responsible for the spread of the Good News themselves.
Jesus said we would not be left alone. He promised that “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26) While Jesus would no longer be physically present, we can be encouraged and supported by the Holy Spirit in our lives.
God wants us to be part of His saving work, and to be with us in our lives every day. Through the Holy Spirit we are blessed with His love and care, enabled to go into the world to share the Word with everyone. May we burn with the fire of Pentecost today and always!
Loving Lord, we are grateful for the coming of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May it fill our hearts and move us to speak and act in Your name. Bless us to bless others that all the world may know You. Amen.