Celebration of Pentecost

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day on which we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the event that brings to completion the paschal mystery of Christ.

We see and hear the coming of the Holy Spirit depicted and described in many ways. A “noise like a strong driving wind.” A dove hovering over the heads of the disciples. Jesus’ breath on his disciples. “Tongues of fire, which parted and came to rest on each of them.”

We, of course, have no idea what the coming of the Spirit actually looked like. Probably nothing like the images we have created for ourselves.

What we do know is that something happened that filled the disciples with the Holy Spirit and, that through the power of that Spirit, they were able to do marvelous things, far more (in the word of Ephesians) that they could ask for or imagine.

That same Spirit of God dwells in each of us. The death, resurrection and ascension Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost means that God now dwells in the body of Christ that are his people.

And, just as was true of the original disciples, through the power of God working in us we, too, can do so much more than we can imagine.

That’s certainly something worth celebrating!