Want the Early Church’s Energy? Be Ready to Live as They Did

Fifty days after the Paschal Mystery of the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit came upon the Church as tongues of fire. Falling upon the apostles and Mary, the Holy Spirit gave recollection and strength to the early Church. Through his active presence, the Church went out from Jerusalem and proclaimed the message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

This Pentecost event begs some questions: How did the Spirit accomplish such a monumental work? Where has the Holy Spirit gone? Is he found in the work of the Church today?

As the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and Mary, so that same Spirit comes upon every baptized Christian. As Saint Paul teaches us: “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.”

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