May 20, 2018

May 10, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost, which is celebrated on the 9th Sunday (49 days) after Easter. Today’s Feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ in the city of Jerusalem. The Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 2:1-31) describes the events of the First Pentecost.

 

In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is an important event that marks the shifting of God’s Redemptive purpose from the “descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” to all peoples. This important event in the life of the early Church enables the rapid spread of Christianity. Within a few decades important Christian congregations had been established in all major cities of the Roman Empire.

 

Tradition holds that the Feast of Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, took place in the Upper Room or Cenacle. The Upper Room was mentioned in Luke’s Gospel 22:11-12 where Jesus says:

“say to the owner of the house” the Teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where may I eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.”

 

The Upper Room is also mentioned in Acts 1:13-14:

“When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James, Simon the Zealot and Judas, son of James . All of these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the Mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.”

 

More next week –

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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