At Pentecost the light of the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples in the form of tongues of fire. The Church is born, as the Spirit of God sends out believers to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.
Light is such a powerful symbol for us, particularly when we feel that we are in darkness and need relief. The darkness of the first disciples after the death of Jesus must have been deep indeed. Their hopes had been shattered, their future uncertain. The fire of Pentecost re-energized them with the presence of Christ’s Spirit and showed them a way forward.
We find ourselves living in dark times, as we deal with a pandemic without a clear future or way forward. What brings light into our lives during this time–the presence of loved ones in our life; engagement in meaningful activities; prayer and reflection?
If the those disciples at Pentecost have anything to teach us, surely it is that God’s Spirit of light overcomes any darkness we might be experiencing, giving us purpose and direction; that life overcomes death; that we are all called to be light for those around us, not by our own power, but by the power of God’s Spirit shining through us.
” God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)