Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the completion of the fifty days of Easter. The Liturgy signals that a new era has begun through the death and resurrection of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit. Jesus breathing on his disciples on Easter night, the sound like a strong driving wind at Pentecost, and the creative Spirit of God renewing the earth in the Psalm all point us back to the imagery of God’s Spirit hovering over the abyss in Genesis to begin the process of creation.
It is another creative act of God, a re-creation of the earth and those who dwell on it. This creative action of God brings peace, forgiveness, joy, and unity. This new creation continues to evolve and play out through Jesus’ followers — including you and me.
How do you experience the grace of peace, forgiveness, joy, and communion through this re-creation? How is God using you to bring these graces to others?