Towards Pentecost, in the light of Easter

Updated: Nov 14, 2020


Together with all Western Christianity (Catholic, Anglican and Reformed churches), the Community of Sant’Egidio has been walking the time of Easter, moving towards the great feast of Pentecost. We prepare to be together in the “upper room” – as said by the Acts of the Apostles – to be inflamed by the power of the Holy Spirit, which “will explain us all things”. It is actually on Pentecost day that the community of the disciples becomes Church – i.e. ecclesia, assembly – a single togetherness of diverse people without any borders, barriers or divisions.

No more “Jew or Gentile”, says the apostle Paul: when the Spirit comes, He flows where he wants and all distinctions fade away: there is no longer Briton or stranger, European or African, Asian or American, rich or poor, youth or elderly, native or migrant, healthy or ill, possibly not even saint or sinner. The Spirit flows everywhere, burns with His fire every dirt of sin and injustice, opens us to the meaning of Scriptures, to the love for the poor and to passion for peace.

On Pentecost, the Community discovers the world, and falls in love with it. Because it is on Pentecost day that the Spirit teaches the children of God the extent of J