The Easter season is almost over and this Sunday we will celebrate the feast of Pentecost. This has been a wonderful Easter as I follow the daily readings like one would follow the daily new updates on the latest crisis. Each new little bit of news, I gobble up hungrily wanting to know more and more about this early life of the church. Since the Ascension, we have every day been reading about the Holy Spirit and the promise of an everlasting guide. It is like watching a new trailer for the next Star Wars movie, everyday. My excitement just builds and builds. I would like to start by going back a little ways and look at a couple of the events that led up to the this feast of Pentecost to help us see our way to the future. John the Baptist came to proclaiming the coming of Jesus. Jesus came and lived among and ultimately was put to death to bring to us the salvation foretold by John the Baptist and the prophets before him. Then Jesus ascended into heaven to show in fulfillment of the promise of everlasting life as death could not contain him.
And you, my child will be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of sin, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, and to guide our feet into the path of peace. Luke 1:77-79
In John, we received the knowledge of salvation then through Jesus actual salvation through the forgiveness of our sins that restores our relationship with God. Jesus in his plan of salvation for the world left us with a promise. A promise fulfilled through his death and resurrection. It is important that we never forget this most important fact. However, I want to touch on here something more, he left us with more than just a promise, he left us with a plan. A plan that started with twelve apostles, that we would be the instruments He would use to bring the message of salvation to the whole world. Jesus will not leave us without a plan because he knew that because of our fallen human nature that we would need sustained help. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Jesus left us with Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth(BIBLE) and he continues to enlighten us through the Magesterium of the church, the successors of the Apostles to help us with our advanced instructions.
On our part, we are called to take avail ourselves of these rich sources, the Bible, The Traditions of the Church, and the Holy Spirit to help us achieve our goal, everlasting life lived in communion with God. I wrote more on how we do this at this link, Goals, Plans and Motivation, Oh My
I pray that the Holy Spirit will shine on all of us in an amazing way this Pentecost and the Holy Fire will stir up the flames of evangelization in our hearts.