An Orthodox "take" on Pentecost
Consider, my beloved, how the All-holy Spirit filled the entire house where the divine Apostles were sitting and praying when the Holy Spirit descended into the upper room in the form of fiery tongues like a violent wind and thunder (Acts 2:2); and how the Holy Spirit made the house into something like a baptismal font, as Gregory of Thessaloniki says, in order to baptize the Apostles with His divine grace, concerning which baptism the Lord foretold them (Acts 1:5): “It filled the house where they were sitting, making it a spiritual font, and accomplishing the promise which the Saviour made them when He ascended, saying, ‘For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Even the name which He gave them proved to be true, for through this noise from heaven the Apostles actually became sons of Thunder.”
At that very time the All-holy Spirit wrought a change in the mind of the Apostles, such that they began to understand clearly the lowliness and vanity of present good things, and on the other hand to understand the greatness and eternalness of the future good things. Therefore, those same Apostles who just a short while ago disputed among themselves who among them would be the first and greatest (Luke 22:24), after receiving the Holy Spirit considered it a great blessing to be less than everyone, to be despised by everyone on account of Christ, and to be looked upon as weaklings, fools, disgraces, with contempt, and as the trash and refuse of the world: “We are fools for Christ’s sake, we are weak, we are despised... we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day” (1 Corinthians 4:10-13).
Has Pentecost thus touched us yet?!?
(from St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite ) +Bill