Pentecost is not a season, it is a day. It is the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles with power, enabling them, as the foundation of the young Christian Church, to be Christ to the world. A small group of help- less, frightened people became the force that was to change the world for all time. Here indeed is the Church, a new humanity, alive with a new breath, telling the world about a new, undreamed of crowning joy.

Good news about the forgiveness of sin, proclaiming that this is the time for the Spirit to break down all barriers and to lead humanity to the place where God awaits it. Pentecost, formerly a Jewish harvest festival, is really inseparable from Easter, because it offers us the fruits of the victory which the Lord won then.