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The word Pentecost means fifty days. Today we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection, ascension and his sending the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Spirit in the Church continues Jesus’ saving work into our own time. The presence of the Holy Spirit incorporates our lives into the risen life of Christ and makes us part of his Body. This is one of the four times in the year when Holy Baptism is particularly significant, for it is in baptism that we receive the Spirit and are made partakers in the resurrection life.
The reading from Acts is the account of the first Pentecost Day when the Holy Spirit empowered the infant Church to proclaim Jesus as Lord to all people. In the presence of people from many parts of the world, they spoke the Word to all.
Using John’s gospel, this reading takes us back to the beginning of this season on the first Easter when Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection. The twelve apostles were gathered together in a house when a terrific wind came from heaven and filled the place. They saw tongues that looked like fire, that separated and came down on each of them. Immediately the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, who caused them to speak in tongues. The crowds of visitors were astonished because every pilgrim heard the apostles speaking to him or her in their own foreign language! Some accused the apostles of being drunk.
We gather in Eucharist as people reborn by water and the Holy Spirit baptism. Gifted with God’s Spirit, we are sent to proclaim good news to every people and language and nation and to be built into a royal priesthood in Christ.