ifty days after the resurrection of the Lord we have been invited to enter in a new movement together with the entire church to welcome the presence and celebrate the gift of Holy Spirit. This is an extraordinary celebration, the Feast of the Pentecost. The liturgy of the Word for this Pentecost presents two very wonderful and distinctive narratives that describe meticulously the coming of the Holy Spirit. First of all we have the narrative from the Act of the Apostles presented by Saint Luke which is very colorful, rich in imagery, movement and enthusiasm. And the second one is from Saint John Gospel which is quieter and more reserved presenting a figure of speech of Jesus offering his peace and his breath of life to the coward Apostles who were hiding behind the locked doors inside of the cenacle. As we try to understand both narratives we must be agreed on one thing the gift of the Holy Spirit has been given to humanity to renew the face of the earth, to reenergize the disciples and fire them up for a their mission.
One important thing from the authors Luke and John, both of them described that the event happened on the first of day the week. For those who are very familiar with the biblical language can easily understand that the first day is about the first day of the celebration of the new creation, the day of the Lord, the day of the new world offered by Jesus Christ from the beginning of his mission in Galilee.
The scenery is purposely painted and depicted with great imageries for example Saint John said the Apostles were hidden behind locked doors which mean they were scared and controlled or paralyzed by their fear. They were powerless especially when they realized their coward actions. For example Judas betrayed him, Peter denied him and the entire group went away the day of his passion. I believe they feel ashamed about themselves and did not see a way out. Like you and me the apostles did not keep their promise because of that they need to be forgiven and Jesus came at the right time and the right moment with his peace breathe on them the gift of the Holy Spirit and the locks are broken and a new day begun.
In our personal life experience Jesus comes always to tell us there is a new possibility, there is a way out from whatever the situation we are, and there is Pentecost. He is always there to give us a second chance no matter where we are in our lives no matter how our sinful are we. Like for the Apostles, today for you and for me the feast of the Pentecost is the feast of our second chance. This celebration offers us an incredible opportunity to renew our relationship with God and with one another, to be able to understand each other with respect and consideration. Today again we need a new Pentecost in our world divided by political opinions, ideologies and concepts. We need a new breath a new voice that can inspire unity and leads us toward lasting peace. Please, my brothers and sisters today once again pray to the Father that his peace continues to reign in your heart, in our world and our society. PEACE BE WITH YOU.
Rev. Ducasse François,
"Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came top rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit..."
Acts 2: 3-4