We know Pentecost to be the day when the Holy Spirit poured into Mary and the apostles while they were in Jerusalem for the feast. But Pentecost has always been much more than that….
The Christian feast of Pentecost developed late in the fourth century, but it did not mean the feast of fifty days after Easter. It meant “the great fifty days,” or “the fifty days of Easter.” This was an entire period of rejoicing.
For fifty great days, the heart of the Christian community has a sense of ultimate fulfillment. It is a delicious time. A shaft of light has come to pierce the uncertainties of the seeking. We are living now with a torch in our hands, however dark the darkness.
(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)