Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the day on which we recall the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ followers, and the day that marks the end of the Easter Season.
As with all of the great feasts we mark in the liturgical calendar, we do not celebrate Pentecost merely to remember a cool event that happened a very long time ago. Rather, Pentecost is a reminder that we are always blessed by the Spirit, every day of our lives. It is a day to help us to be more open to receipt of the gifts of the Spirit.
So many of the readings we have listened to in the post-Easter season help us understand the power of the spirit. For example, compare the Peter of the Gospels – who seemed to blow it over and over again. That same Peter, filled with the Spirit, preaches powerfully and heals the sick. He was able to do those things because of his confidence of the power of the Spirit of God working through him.
Pentecost reminds us that we have all been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Do we walk with the confidence Peter did?
There is a short beautiful line at the end of the third chapter of Ephesians that speaks of God’s ability “to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us.”
Do I believe that? Does my way of being in the world reflect my belief in the power of the Spirit?