Fifty days after Holy Pascha we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit into the world. This is the Spirit promised by the Savior to the disciples, the Spirit as another Comforter who will dwell among us and fulfill Christ’s work of salvation. The Spirit of God floated above the waters at the time of Creation caring for and setting in order the creation coming from the hand of God. Now the Spirit is resent by Christ who is Ascended to the heavens. This means that mankind and all of creation had lost the Spirit. But since they have received the Spirit anew, mankind and creation must show themselves as bearers of the Spirit.
The holy apostle Paul speaks to us of these matters in his Epistle to the Galatians: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Gal 5:25). And again the apostle to the gentiles speaks to us of the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal 5:22-23). The list of the fruit of the Spirit begins with the love that identifies us as Christians: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35). But
At the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, they began to speak in tongues, and those listening to them understood them each in his own language. The speaking in tongues and the comprehension of this speaking were the signs of the miracle of the descent of the Spirit. The signs of the descent of the Spirit upon us, the Christians of today, are those enumerated by
There is no advice more appropriate at the great feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, but to beseech the Spirit and to let him work this transformation in each of us. And then each of us, and together with us the entire world, will have the joy, peace, and kindness for which we long.