Pentecost is the celebration of the person of the Holy Spirit coming upon the first followers of Jesus, who were gathered together in the Upper Room.
An incredible wind filled the space in which they were gathered as tongues of fire came to rest on their heads. This empowered them to speak in different languages so that they could understand each other. It was such a strange phenomenon! The Holy Spirit also gave the apostles the other gifts and fruits necessary to fulfil the great commission – to go out and preach the Gospel to all nations.
Happy Birthday! Because … Pentecost is also the birth of the Church! From this incredible experience Peter, our first Pope, preaches his first homily to Jews and non-believers, converting thousands of them with a unified language and the words of the Old Testament.
With thanks to Catholic Youth Parramatta.