Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit’s coming into the world, the Spirit who “moved over the face of the waters” during the first moments of Creation and who now is re-sent in order to complete the saving work of the Risen and Exalted Christ, Who is seated at the right hand of the Father. The Spirit comes to bestow on each of us the fruits of this saving work. At the event of Pentecost, the Spirit comes upon the disciples and makes them into the Body of Christ, His Bride. The Church is this new reality which unites heaven with earth, God with human beings. And this new reality is born of a new power, the power of the infinite love of God which came to raise mankind out of weakness and bestow upon him eternity, triumphing “over death by death”. The Church was born at Pentecost as a reality endued with a power from heaven, a power which it will bear and pass on to the world.
The Church is thus the bearer of this ever-renewed love. For the Holy Spirit ever descends in the Church, bringing Christ and offering Him to those who hunger and thirst after Him. The Spirit descends requested through prayer and abides in souls that are pure and reconciled with God and neighbor.
As Christians, as members of the Church of Christ founded at Pentecost, we are a part of this new reality and we are called to witness to it and spread it abroad. Only the one who abides in the love of Christ and in the peace of the Holy Spirit which dwells in the Church can worthily fulfill this ministry. The contemporary world needs this peace and love which descend from heaven, and the true Christian can offer them, as one who receives them in the Church. Therefore my word to you at this Feast is an exhortation to reflect upon our own destiny as Christians of the twenty-first century. Peace and love as gifts of the Holy Spirit are our gifts to our neighbors and the signs of our Christian witness.
I send best wishes for peace, joy, and fulfillment to the priests and faithful of the parishes who have as their patronal feast this Feast or the one from the second day, the Feast of the Holy Trinity. May God the Father renew the sending of the Holy Spirit and make us partakers of His manifold gifts!