This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, and it brings the fifty days of Easter to a conclusion. The English word “Pentecost” is a transliteration of the Greek word pentekostos, (πεντηκοστή, ῆς, ἡ) which means “fifty.”
Fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus, there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. However, if we remember, the Easter season also started with the outpouring of the Spirit, but in a different way. On the first Easter Sunday evening, Jesus appeared to his disciples and breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” St. Augustine of Hippo (4th century) explained the two outpouring of the Holy Spirit in these words: “Perhaps this double giving of the Holy Spirit, was done in manifestation of the two commandments of love, that is, of neighbour and of God, in order that love might be shown to belong to the Holy Spirit.” He then went on to explain that the Holy Spirit not only makes us capable of loving God; The Spirit also enables us to love our neighbour.
May we open our hearts to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, to love God and neighbour. Come Holy Spirit.
P/s Just arrived in Zug, Switzerland,