For the apostles the Pentecost, like other Jewish feasts
up to this point, was fulfilled in the mission of Jesus Christ.
The Pentecost came as a completion of the Jewish Feast of
Weeks or Shavuot, which was a celebration of the harvest
that occurred seven weeks (fifty days) after the Passover.
Notwithstanding, it was not just about the harvest but also
about spiritual gifts that the people had received from God
and the harvest only represented it.
As the disciples were united in prayer with the Blessed
Virgin Mary “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and
began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled
them to proclaim” (Acts 2:4). We can see in this scripture
passage that on the day of the Pentecost the Lord’s promise
of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. The Holy Spirit descended
upon the disciples who finally gave out an abundance of
spiritual gifts. It was also the birth of the Church, which
was the true spiritual harvest.
For us the Pentecost Sunday closes the liturgical time of
Easter. In this great feast, second to Easter, we see that it is
the Holy Spirit who brings about true and lasting fruits that
are showered upon the Church. As the Holy Spirit enabled
the apostles to become courageous and zealous in
proclaiming the Gospel to the entire world so too He
enables us to become witnesses to Christ – the true meaning
of the name “Christian.” We too are called by the Holy
Spirit to share our faith with others who are hungry for God
and the Good News. If we are baptized and confirmed, each
and every one of us without exception has received this
mission of telling the world about the Salvation in Christ.
However, in order to be empowered with the gifts of the
Holy Spirit, there are two conditions we need to fulfill.
First, we must believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and
Savior. Secondly, we must remain united in prayer with
other believers and the Most Holy Virgin Mary. For us
today it means that our faith in Christ must be put first
before everything else. We also must remain united in
prayer with the Church, which is the Mystical Body of
Let us pray for the spiritual renewal of the Church,
through which will come about the true renewal of the
world. “Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful
intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well
Happy Feast of Pentecost!
Fr. Janusz Mocarski, Administrator