The History Of Pentecost And The Power Of The Holy Spirit

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Today the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost.

After hours of searching for material for this feast – and almost ready to give up hope – we found this simple and catechetical video based on Chapter 2 from the Acts of the Apostles, verse 1 to 21, which is precisely where the event of Pentecost and the great speech of the Apostle Peter are narrated.

The video was produced by Dan Stevers a video editor Christian with first-class materials.

The Story Of Pentecost

I’d like to take this opportunity to mention the invitation that Pope Benedict XVI once gave to discover (or re-discover, in some cases) the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The older theologians used to say that the soul is a kind of sailboat, the Holy Spirit is the wind which fills its sails and drives it forward, and the gusts of wind are the gifts of the Spirit. Lacking his impulse and his grace, we do not go forward. The Holy Spirit draws us into the mystery of the living God and saves us from the threat of a Church which is gnostic and self-referential, closed in on herself; he impels us to open the doors and go forth to proclaim and bear witness to the good news of the Gospel, to communicate the joy of faith, the encounter with Christ. The Holy Spirit is the soul of mission. The events that took place in Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago are not something far removed from us; they are events which affect us and become a lived experience in each of us. The Pentecost of the Upper Room in Jerusalem is the beginning, a beginning which endures. The Holy Spirit is the supreme gift of the risen Christ to his apostles, yet he wants that gift to reach everyone. As we heard in the Gospel, Jesus says: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to remain with you forever” (Jn 14:16). It is the Paraclete Spirit, the “Comforter”, who grants us the courage to take to the streets of the world, bringing the Gospel! The Holy Spirit makes us look to the horizon and drives us to the very outskirts of existence in order to proclaim life in Jesus Christ. Let us ask ourselves: do we tend to stay closed in on ourselves, on our group, or do we let the Holy Spirit open us to mission?

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