From Father Andrew Bahhi – The Feast of the Pentecost
The Pentecost feast is where the Father sent the Holy Spirit keeping the promise that Jesus said to his disciples when He was about to be sent to Heaven. He said: “Remain in Jerusalem until you will receive a power from above.” And this promise Jesus told His disciples was fulfilled after the ten days which is the day of the Pentecost, and this tells us a very important message. That every single thing Jesus Christ has said, he will keep it and fulfill it.
It’s been 12 weeks since we had a liturgy here. It was very emotional for me. We should remember the last part of any story in our life is not written unless the Almighty one puts His hand and writes it. What a beautiful day and time to come to the church and celebrate liturgy.
When we talk about the Pentecost, we talk about the Holy Spirit that the Father sent to the church to guide the church until the second coming of Jesus Christ. But this Holy Spirit is not the power, it is a divine person. So that’s why when we pray, we ask the Holy Spirit. We don’t ask like the three are one. It’s not easy but we need to have a little bit of faith and we need to trust the Holy Trinity and we open our heart. Then we will be able to have experience on listening to the Holy Spirit. And we will have the power of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit has a very important role in the church life. And also, in our lives as individuals.
I will read couple verses, first from the Book of John 16:13;
“When He, the Spirit of truth has come He will guide you into all truth.” This beautiful indication tells us the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and in our individual lives.
And Jesus continues saying “He will glorify Me, for what He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you,” from John 16:14. So the Holy Spirit will guide us and also will take that everything belongs to Jesus Christ and will declare it for us.
We need these 2 very important truths of the Holy Spirit in our daily life. We are in challenging difficult times. I think this is the most important time to ask the Holy Spirit to be with us. Because He is the comforter, He is the advocate, He Is the counselor, He is the helper. If we ask the Holy Spirit, if we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, He will deliver everything Jesus has to us.
Learn more in Father Andrew’s Pentecost sermon.
January 28, 2024
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