"Our Lord Jesus Christ herein ordained the instructors and teachers of the world and the stewards of His divine Mysteries...showing together with the dignity of Apostleship, the incomparable glory of the authority given them.
-St. Cyril of Alexandria
Today we celebrate the Feast of the DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Since we believe that the Holy Spirit is God, where would we expect to see Him on this glorious occasion? Of course, the Spirit went into the souls of His faithful disciples. Let us examine some of the profound truths presented to us today.
Notice first, that the Holy Spirit came when the disciples were together in obedience to the Lord’s command. He came as they prayed, as they waited and as they expected Him. What a lesson there is for us to await in obedience for the grace and power of God to come into OUR lives.
Then, notice how He came. There was the sound of a rushing wind and tongues of fire that appeared over the heads of the apostolic group. Wind is a mysterious, powerful force. Fire is a cleansing, warming force. How appropriate it is that these are the symbols of the Holy Spirit!
And, of course, we cannot help but note the results of His coming. The disciples were changed men. Before they fled for their lives in fear during the suffering and death of the Lord. Now they fearlessly confessed Him before others.
It was on that day that the Christian Church was born. Through faith, prayer and good works, let us open the doors of our souls and bid the Holy Spirit take up His abode in us.
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin – Cliffwood, NJ