Today we celebrate the place where Heaven
touches earth: the Church. What the Incarnation accomplished
in relation to the Divine Son of God is in a certain sense
extended this day. Pentecost is the second most holy day in
the liturgical calendar; it follows only the Resurrection in
sacredness and importance.
The outward signs on Pentecost morning,
like the dove at Christ's earlier baptism, indicated the
Personal Presence of the Spirit of God but were in no way
divinized or joined to Him. The outward signs of Pentecost
manifested to the world the visible mission of the Holy
Ghost. Our Lord spoke clearly at the Last Supper of sending
the Paraclete once He had left His Disciples. Pentecost, the
Fiftieth Day of Passover, became the fulfillment of this
promise. The Church is the extension of the Incarnation and
the Mission of both the Divine Son of God and the Holy
The Church is the point in time and space
where Heaven touches the earth. This point of contact
reveals the full knowledge of the One True and Living God
and transmits to mankind redemption and salvation. Full
knowledge of God is found only in the Church of Christ. Only
Catholicism contains the plenitude of revelation and
teaching. God had partially revealed Himself to Israel
through Moses on Mt. Sinai but fully revealed Himself to the
world in His Divine Word, Jesus Christ. For this reason we
can say that the Church is a concretization of the First
Commandment. Grace, doctrine, justification, holiness, and
stabilizing peace radiate out from the Church.
The outward signs of wind, fire, and the
languages indicated on Pentecost morning the Presence of God
manifesting Himself personally in Jerusalem. To this day
there is a church which marks this spot. It is called "The
Church in Holy Sion." From this place the universal Church
of Christ spread out to the four corners of the earth almost
two thousand years ago and of which you are beneficiaries.
God reveals Himself to the world through the Church and
therefore we can say that The Church is Christophoric: it
carries Christ among the nations of the world.
Pentecost could only happen once. It
initiated an age that is to endure until the end of time.
Christ accomplished redemption once, and the entire human
race has been redeemed; Christ has risen from the dead,
dying now no more, and sits at the Right Hand of God the
Father in glory. These events are never to be accomplished
again. The salvation of the world has been radically
accomplished and the Church does nothing other than extend
this through time and space.
Come Holy Ghost fill the hearts of Thy