The world makes promises that it can't keep. It doesn't have the power to deliver on the promise of happiness.
What does Pentecost and the Holy Spirit have to do with promises? God keeps his promises. Pentecost is about the fulfillment of a promise.
Here are 3 really important promises God has made:
- God promised to the people of Israel, ‘I will be God for you’ - He made this promise to Moses on Mount Sinai.
- God sent his Son Jesus into the world, ‘I will be God with you’ - God fulfills this promise in Jesus.
- God promises there will be a time when he will pour out his spirit, ‘I will be God in you’ - I will give you a new heart and a new spirit.
The day Jesus ascended into Heaven he said he promised that he was sending us his Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples gathered in Jerusalem. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.
What happens next - it attracted a multitude of people gathered in the city.
Peter stood up and preached the first homily. Repent, believe, and be baptized and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This promise is for everyone. The promise isn't just for the 120 people in the upper room on that day. From the very beginning, God created us with a ;space inside, an emptiness, that the world could never deliver on because only God can fill that space.
Homily begins at 27:30.