May 28th is Pentecost Sunday. Why is this an important feast day?  The word Pentecost refers to “fifty days”.  The Apostles gathered to celebrate “The Festival of Weeks” which occurs 50 days after Passover.  Jews Celebrated this feast remembering that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and the Torah, also commemorating the Harvest.

Jesus promised the Apostles an “Advocate” to assist them in understanding and give them strength.

In Acts 2:1-31 we are told that on the day of Pentecost the Apostles gather in the locked upper room to celebrate this feast.  Then following the sound of a mighty wind, tongues of fire rested on each of them.

They were transformed from fear of the Jews and the Romans. Fear of being crucified like Jesus. To proclaiming to the crowds that “God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus who you crucified”. Also telling them to repent and be Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins and receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  Many complied and 3,000 joined the Church.

1st Corinthians 12: Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

Galatians 5:22-23: Fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

God will give each of us what we need and ask for in Prayer.

Seek the Gifts and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Deacon Hugh

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