PentecostPentecost Sunday this year is June 5th.  On Pentecost, we remember when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ disciples.  As they gathered in Jerusalem 10 days after Jesus’ ascension, they saw tongues of fire, heard rushing wind and began speaking in many languages.  Because the disciples could then share the good news with all the pilgrims assembled for the Pentecost festival, the occasion marks the birthday of the Christian church.  That day alone, about 3,000 people devoted their lives to Christ.

Like the Holy Spirit, Pentecost is important and relevant today.  As theologian Henri Nouwen writes, “Without Pentecost the Christ-event - the life, death and resurrection of Jesus - remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about, and reflect on.  The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now.”