Pentecost, the Greek word for fifty, originally began as a celebration in thanksgiving for the “first fruits,” when winter grains and spring vegetables were harvested, enjoyed, and offered to God. For Christians, Jesus in the “first fruits” of those who have died. His Resurrection heralds our own at the end of time. For now, we live as Christians in the world, empowered by his Spirit of peace and forgiveness. While Pentecost concludes Easter Time, the gift of the Holy Spirit compels us to resound with Easter joys for days to come. We pray for the Holy Spirit to do all that we can’t, and we pray for the Spirit to do all that it can in us, especially in this difficult time.
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