Dearly Beloved Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Christians celebrate Pentecost as the day the Holy Spirit was given to dwell with the early disciples in Acts 2. The emphasis is on the empowerment through the Holy Spirit that enables the people of God to witness for Jesus the Christ. Pentecost Sunday is a day to celebrate hope; a hope evoked by the knowledge that God through His Holy Spirit is at work among His people. It is a celebration of newness, of recreation, of renewal of purpose, mission, and calling as God’s people. It is a celebration of God’s ongoing work in the world. Yet, it is also a recognition that His work is done through His people as He pours out His presence upon them.
Pentecost should not celebrated as a day that people spoke in tongues, but as a day that people realized that God is the center of their life and are empowered to spread the truth of God’s love. God wants to unite all His children to praise Him. As Jesus said in his high priestly prayer “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on be-half of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21
May the Holy Sprit come upon all of us as it came upon the early Christians, to enable us to be dynamic witnesses of God in the world.
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Rev. Shibi Abraham