The first thing to notice about the Day of Pentecost then is that it is the fulfillment of God’s promise. Jesus promised that he and the Father would send the Holy Spirit so that the disciples would be empowered to bring the gospel to the whole world. A promise that Peter and the early Christians understood was rooted in the Old Testament.
Did you know that you can ask your heavenly Father to give you the Holy Spirit? And Jesus says if indeed you ask for the Holy Spirit you will receive him.
Jesus has gone to his Father and he wants to bring you there as well. Everything that Jesus is and does and says has this as its goal, to bring human beings – you and I – to the Father.
How did the Church go from a few dozen fearful men and women who had barricaded themselves in a room to approximately six million men, women, and children many of whom were fearless in the face of growing persecution by Rome?
When was the last time that you confessed your particular sins particularly? Like, confessed some particular sin to God out loud in the presence of a priest (auricular confession)?