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The 7 Pentecost Episodes in the New Testament


1- To Virgin Mary: In the first chapter of the N.T., Mat.1, and Luk.1:

The Holy Spirit descended upon Virgin Mary and the Word of God was made flesh. This is the essence of all the episodes of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit comes to a person, and brings Jesus into him or her. With Jesus in Her, Blessed Mary did the two things every Christian should do:

  1. She went immediately to serve, to help her cousin Elisabeth (Lk.1:39-45).

  2. The second, she sung the glories of the Lord in Her Magnificat (Lk.1:46-56).

Come to me, Holy Spirit, do unto me what you did unto my Mother, fill me with Jesus, so I can bring his love and joy and peace to my neighbors and friends, and to the whole world, for the glory of God the Father, for the good of your Church, and for our own good. Thank you Lord. Amen


2- To Elizabeth and John the Baptist: Lk.1:39-46.

When Virgin Mary arrived to Elisabeth's house with Jesus in Her, the child John the Baptist leaped in her womb filled with the Holy Spirit as prophesied in Lk.1:15. And Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit claiming with a loud voice the most intimate and poetic praise to Jesus in the Bible:

  1. The most intimate, because the dearest praise you can make to a man is to tell him "blessed is your mother", and Elisabeth claimed, "your mother is the most blessed among women" (Lk.1:42).

  2. And the most poetic, because the she adds, "and blessed is Jesus, the fruit of your womb", and that's poetry (Lk.1:42)


3- The Great Pentecost: In Acts 2:

This one happened to the Apostles, devoted to prayer, together with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and to a total of 120 believers, brothers of Jesus, that at that time were not called Christians, but brothers or disciples (Act.1:13-15).

The 120 brothers were filled with the Holy Spirit, with tongues of fire resting upon them, they spoke in different tongues, and with so much joy that they looked drunk (Act.2:1-15).

  1. Here the Church was made public, represented for so many people who watched the Pentecost attracted by so much joy and noise, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Parthians, Medes, Elamites… of all races and nationalities, "Jews from every nation under heaven" (Act.2:5-13). The Church of Christ was born at Calvary, among pains and blood, like all the births, but it was made public at Pentecost.

  2. Here, the 120 brothers of Jesus realized that they did not have Jesus among them anymore, but now it was much better, they had Jesus inside each one of them!… and they immediately became the Witnesses of the Resurrection of Christ who was alive in their hearts.

God the Father, I repent of my sins, and in the name of Jesus send me the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love and of joy and of understanding and of peace... I receive you, my sweet dove, and I praise you, I adore you. Thank you for your mighty power, make me humble, the servant of the Lord, like my Mother Mary, your pure Spouse. Thank you, Father. Thank you Jesus. Thank you my lovely and powerful Holy Spirit. Amen


4- The Pentecost of Samaria: Acts 8:

After Stephen was stoned to death in chapter 6, there broke out a severe persecution of the church in Jerusalem, and the disciples were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria (Act.8:1). An thanks to this "persecution" the Gospel was preached in Samaria by Philip, who was doing signs and mighty deeds, casting out unclean spirits and healing the paralyzed and crippled (Act.8:4-13). Then, Peter and John came to Samaria, prayed for them, lay hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (8:17).

The Acts do not describe what happened, but it was so great that Simon the Magician wanted to buy with money the power to lay on the hands. He didn't wanted to buy the power of Philip to do the mighty deeds of casting out devils and healing the sick, but the power to lay my hands so they may receive the Holy Spirit! (Act.8:18-24).

Here, the Samaritans were already Baptized, including Simon the Magician. In the Great Pentecost of Acts 2, the 120 were also Baptized. This "laying on of the hands" by the Apostles is known in the Church as the Sacrament of Confirmation.

For Peter and John was a great experience: Here they realized that even the hated Samaritans who believe in Christ can receive the Holy Spirit as they received Him in the Pentecost of Acts 2.


5- The Pentecost of St. Paul: Acts 9:

Meanwhile Saul (later Paul) had letters from the high priest to arrest the disciples of the Lord and bring them to Jerusalem to be killed. But in his way to Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him: "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?. He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The replay came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting" (Act.9:1-5)... He was not persecuting Jesus, but his disciples…but every Christian is another Christ!.

Saul was left blind, and did what he was told to do. Three days later, Ananias came, laid his hand on Saul, and immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized (Act.9:6-18).

Here it is different than in the Great Pentecost and the Pentecost of Samaria: Here Paul received the Holy Spirit before he was Baptized!… just as it happened to Virgin Mary, Elisabeth, and John the Baptist… and just like it is happening today to many, who receive the Holy Spirit and then become good Christians.


6- The Pentecost of the Gentiles: Acts 10 and 11:

Here it happened like in the Pentecost of Paul: First they received the Holy Spirit, and then they were baptized in the Church of Christ.

It happened to Cornelius, a pagan Roman soldier: While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word, and they spoke in tongues an glorify the Lord, just as in the Great Pentecost of Acts 2.

And then, they were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Act.10:44-48)… this is the first time Gentiles were Baptized, and thanks to this Pentecost, you and I who are not Jews were baptized   (Act.11:1-18).


7- The Pentecost of Ephesus: Acts 19:

In Ephesus, Paul found 12 men who were baptized with the baptism of John, but they never even heard about the Holy Spirit.

Paul baptized then in the name of the Lord Jesus, and then Paul laid his hands on then, and the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied (Act.19:1-7).



 


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