The Holy Spirit is often thought of as the most mysterious of the three persons of the Trinity. We find allusions to the Spirit in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), but the Spirit becomes a central character for Christians at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is often understood as a comforter, advocate, and revealer of truth. The Spirit guides us in discernment, frequently manifests as creative energy, and encourages us to work toward the will of God.
This Sunday, as we celebrate Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and the birth of the church. The Spirit enables the disciples to continue spreading Jesus’s message after his death and resurrection. It would have been very easy for the Jesus movement to have ended in that pivotal moment, but instead, thanks to the Holy Spirit, it took off and spread faster than ever before! This is the work of the Spirit and the promise that Jesus gave his disciples before his death. They would not be left alone; the Spirit would come to lead and guide them.
Today, the Holy Spirit continues to inspire us as we do the work of Christ in the world. On Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit did not only come in a single moment to a particular group of people. The Spirit has been active throughout the last 2,000 years, coming to each of us individually and to the Christian church as a whole. The Spirit guides us as we seek to be faithful followers of Jesus, doing his work in the world and living into his teachings. May we all be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry
The Rev. Amanda C. Stephenson, Associate Rector