It is Pentecost Sunday! What exactly does Pentecost mean? It is the Greek name for the Jewish festival Shavuot (or the Feast of Weeks), the celebration of the Spring harvest. In addition to the joy of the Spring Harvest, this Festival celebrated the giving the Law on Mt. Sinai. For Christians, Pentecost refers to the 50th day after Easter and the resurrection of our Lord. In our tradition, we too are giving the direction of God's will in this celebration, but instead of the Law, we are gifted the Holy Spirit, who leads and guides us in the way of Christ.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the deeper presence of Jesus Christ in our lives and it is the fulfillment of Jesus' promise to his followers, "If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--the Spirit of truth. ... I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." In the Holy Spirit, Christ is present with us in deep and powerful ways. Christ's promises are fulfilled for us, and we are drawn into God's presence. Join us this Sunday to hear the good news! You are not alone. Christ is with you in the Spirit of God!