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Icon of Pentecost

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The Great Feast of Pentecost is often celebrated as the "birthday" of the Church, because it was on this day, fifty days after Pascha, that the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles.

 

Can you imagine what they must have been thinking?  They had seen God die.  They had seen God rise again from the dead.  They had seen God withdraw from their sight.  And now they were living in fear, expecting at any moment  Roman guards to arrest them for treason, or a mob whipped up by the Sanhedrin to drag them out and stone them for blasphemy.  They must have been terrified.

 

But the coming of the Holy Spirit, just as Christ our God promised, changed all of that in an instant.  Their terror was transformed into joy, and they were filled with a desire to go out into the whole world to proclaim the Good News of the Resurrection.  Such was the power and authority of their proclamations that everyone who heard them understood the message.  No matter what language the listeners understood, when they heard the Good News, they recognised it.

 

Are we called today to stand at street corners and proclaim the Gospel in many tongues?  For most of us, the answer is "probably not".  And yet we are also called to proclaim the Good News.  The gift of the Holy Spirit is given to us with one condition: that we share it with everyone else.  How can we do that?

 

By living our whole life in Christ: in prayer and worship, in fasting and the giving of alms, and in good works.  Everything we do must begin and end with Christ, so that we might be all within him, as he is All within all.

 

O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life: come and abide in us, cleanse us from all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One!