Today we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. We mark the birthday of the Church, when a small group of fishermen and tax collectors were so transformed that they turned the Roman Empire upside down. That’s quite an accomplishment, it may be the greatest single act of transformation in history. Today we have two accounts of Pentecost. The first is very dramatic – wind, fire and the gift of languages. The Gospel account suggests the Holy Spirit comes gently in a breath. The disciples are sent out on a mission, to reconcile people to God, to restore relationships in the world, to proclaim the Gospel.
We are the Church of today, we too are empowered to transform the world, to be a leaven in our town, to bring about the Kingdom of Love and Justice. We are given the Holy Spirit to take Jesus’ saving mission to our family, work colleagues and to the wider community.