It is Pentecost Sunday. It is Pentecost Sunday and we have reason to celebrate! The power of the Holy Spirit will come down upon us too, not in the form of visible tongues of fire but invisible ones. We have only to open our hearts.

The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek translation for “fifty days,” meaning fifty days after the Jewish feast of Passover.[1] This important Feast is a relatively new one in that it was established in the liturgical calendar only around 1350.[2]For us, it celebrates 50 days after the Lord’s resurrection.

Our First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles[3] describes this happening of the Holy Spirit descending in tongues of fire – “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.”[4]

“They heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house…”[5]After the roar of the wind many of Jerusalem’s pilgrims hurried to the Cenacle. Pentecost was one of the three festivals which obliged all Jews to be present in Jerusalem.[6] Everyone could hear “these men speaking his own language.[7] The apostles were strengthened in the preaching of the Good News. We too are strengthened, we have the courage (in no matter in whatever a small way – we do our best) by the gift of the Holy Spirit.

It is a momentous occasion!Pentecost is a celebration of God entrusting the life of His Son to the members of the Church!”[8]  So, open your heart, pray fervently for a renewing of the Holy Spirit in your soul, heart and mind. He will transform you, he will lead you to help others open themselves to this powerful wind of the Holy Spirit!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP




[1] https://ec-prod-site


[3] Acts 2:1-11

[4] Acts 2:4

[5] Acts. 2:1-3


[7] Acts. 2:6-7