Pentecost is quite possibly my favorite day of the church year. It it yours? Should it be? Strangely enough, many of us somehow have not yet learned the rich history of the celebration, nor recognized its proclamation of a present and a future absolutely saturated with dynamic, divine life.
The word Pentecost is from the Greek for “fiftieth.” If you start with the celebration of the Easter vigil and count out 50 days, you’ll land on Pentecost. But that’s not when the party first got started, 50 days after Jesus’ actual resurrection. Instead, Pentecost was first celebrated by the faithful as a renewal of the covenant God made with Noah. Later, the Jewish feast shifted focus to the life-changing gift of another covenant: The Ten Commandments. No wonder so many people of different languages were gathered in Jerusalem on that day! And what wonderful reasons they had to rejoice together!… // LEARN MORE