Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. and also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:27-29)
The Feast of Pentecost, recounted in Acts 2:1-13, celebrates the new beginning among the disciples after the crucifixion of Jesus. Here, the reality of Jesus’ resurrected and glorified body becomes manifest not through appearances to the disciples, but rather through their words and actions. The community of disciples becomes the body of Christ. The living presence of Christ within the disciples authorizes their testimony and makes them into persuasive symbols of the presence of the reign of God. (Dale Launderville, THE BIBLE TODAY July/August 2019, p 221)
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
Thus, each new Pentecost, every outpouring of the spirit, presupposes the Cross, with the death of the old man through an ascetic effort which ultimately leads to the observing of the commandments, to the ‘remembrance’ of God, and to tears of repentance, all of which is the fruit of a rediscovered union between our spirit and our heart. In this sense, Pentecost enables us to commune fully in the power of the Resurrection. By the power of the Spirit, Jesus enters even through doors that are shut and locked. (Michel Quenot, THE RESURRECTION AND THE ICON, p 194)
I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. (Ezekiel 36:25-28)
A prayer for us to offer today:
Christ my Lord, You came among Your disciples after the resurrection and granted them peace. You also poured upon them the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Bestow upon me at this hour Your grace and Spirit, making me worthy to be in Your presence. Teach me how to pray. Show me the path on which I should walk. Guide my life in all things that I may not be deceived by worldly pursuits but rather seek the treasures in heaven. Lord, let Your Holy Spirit lead me in the way of Your teachings and in the remembrance of Your glorious coming kingdom. Blessed and praised are You in Your Saints, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.