“But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
These were the passing words of Jesus to His disciples, after which he was taken up into heaven. What’s there to take from His words? Well, simply put, the celebration of the Pentecost does not mark an end for us as Christians, but marks the beginning of a designated spirit-filled mission on earth. Right after, the resting of the tongues of Holy Spirit on the apostles, we see them begin their evangelical mission spreading and preaching the Good News to all.
Now, how would this relate to us, Christians living in 2018AD? At baptism, we are washed off our original sin and filled with the Holy Spirit. At confirmation, there is also an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, confirming our faith and willingness to become soldiers for Christ. These days represent two of many “Pentecost days” we may experience as Christians. As Christ promised, we will be filled with power to witness for Him. As daunting as it may seem, yes we are called to witness for Christ! All of us!
The trick is not to wait for a large audience of thousands like Peter had on that day of Pentecost (if there’s that opportunity, why not) or request a pulpit, but to witness for Christ even in our everyday lives by our words, actions and reactions; in our homes, offices, church, social groups. Galatians 5:16-26 contrasts the Spirit and human nature. St Paul compels us to invite the Holy Spirit to direct our lives so we do not satisfy our human desires for our human natures opposes the Spirit. Before when in our worldly state, we were immoral, jealous, envious, angry, kept enemies and fought, but now that we have the Spirit, we are to bear its fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.
Last Sunday, we celebrated the Holy Trinity, emphasising the oneness of God and the fullness of the Holy Spirit as God. Let us leverage on the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit and invite Him to journey with us every morning, every day, every night, during temptation, when provoked, when anxious, when weak, at all times so that we may bear fruits by our lives.
Come Holy Spirit; fill the heart of the faithful. And enkindle in them the fire of your love.