It would be appropriate for us to gather in a large group and sing “Happy Birthday.” Happy Birthday to whom? Happy Birthday to the Church, to us as the body of Christ. And why? Because this Sunday we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost as the birthday of the Church, and therefore of the mystical body of Christ.
Our Lord, as we have seen previously, first established the BODY of the Church: its doctrine, its moral code, its sacraments, and its membership, both the lay people and the clerics, or the civil servants of this organization. But now, it needed a SOUL. And so Our Lord ascended to heaven and from there, sent the SOUL of the church upon it. Now, with body and soul, the new body of Christ could begin to live, to operate, and to do the work that Christ intends for it to do until the end of time. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, and our birthday because we are part of that Church. The Holy Spirit came in the form of fire and wind: the fire representing the warmth and vitality of the body, like our own human temperature, and the wind representing the breath by which we breathe and thus give evidence of our life. The Holy Spirit is God’s warmth and God’s breath. The Body of Christ lives by that Spirit; it is our divine life, our bond of church-living, if you will.
I wish you a very happy Pentecost, one which you understand, and rejoice in, and are grateful for, since the Holy Spirit is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.