My Dear Sisters and Brothers! The First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles presented us with a mysterious event too, the event which resembled the moment from the Exodus. In both events we see the powerful presence of God manifested by wind and fire. When Moses finished speaking to God he came down with the two stone tablets covered with ten words known today as Ten Commandments. God gave to his people the word of life, the message to be lived for their own temporary and eternal happiness and for bearing witness to pagan nations. However that Covenant written on the stone tablets was broken by people.
The Holy Spirit who came upon the community of the followers of Jesus fulfilled the promise God made through Prophet Jeremiah: ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.’ The followers of Jesus were given the Holy Spirit which made them carry within them the fire of God. The same Prophet Jeremiah had a foretaste of that when he revealed a long time prior to the events written in the New Testament: “If I say: ‘I will not mention God, or speak anymore in his name,’ there is in my heart as if it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.’ That was what happened after the descent of the Holy Spirit. The followers of Christ walked out of the Upper Room and allowed the abundance filling their hearts to pour out. The people in the streets said: ‘We hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’ The followers of the Lord first were filled with the marvels of God, and then it erupted like a volcano. The marvels of God manifested in the Upper Room did not stop there but when the followers of the Lord went out to the streets of Jerusalem there was a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit when people listening to them were moved to the core of their being. By whom? By the Holy Spirit who filled the disciples.
As we meditate on the unfolding events of the first Pentecost we are inspired to pray with the whole Church: ‘Fill now once more the hearts of believers, our hearts, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed.’ When the Word of God, Jesus’ Good News is proclaimed and explained in our midst it is our Pentecost. This New Pentecost we experience in our own community aims at moulding us into the Body of Christ. Remember how the People of Israel melted their gold in fire and moulded a golden image of God. On the Day of Pentecost God himself took not gold, but the people who followed his Only Begotten Son and by immersing them in the fire of the Holy Spirit moulded them into the image of his Son. They became the Body of Christ, not a group of religious individuals. That was the answer to Jesus’ own prayer from the Last Supper when our Blessed Lord prayed to his Father: ‘Holy Father, may they all be one. May they be one in us, as you are in me and I in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.’
My Dear Fellow believers! The Holy Spirit whom we worship today creates our community out of so many different people. He makes followers of Christ one as a result of a fervent prayer of Jesus. The Holy Spirit whom we worship today sustains and nurtures our community so that in the midst of this Australian society we can bear a communal witness to God. So that people seeing our unity and love can also see in us the image of God. God not made of some metal, as the Israelites attempted to make him, but God whose flesh and bone we are.