Traditionally, Pentecost is regarded as the “Birthday” of the Church. No cake or presents, other than the great gift of the Holy Spirit—The Third Person of the Holy Trinity. At the Ascension of Our Lord, Jesus told us to go out to the whole world baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit. At the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Gift of Tongues allows the Church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to every corner of the world and in every language.
Remember, at the Tower of Babel, God smote the people and destroyed the Tower for the presumption of many to climb the Heavens and commune with God on equal footing. God did this to show us that there is no equality between God and us. He is the Creator and we are mere creatures. However, at Pentecost, the Gospel is proposed equally to every nation and peoples. There is an equality with our human race. No one is better or greater. We are of value simply and only because God created us in love. He alone elevates, He alone builds up.
The Gospel is for everyone. It is an invitation to the whole world. No one is excluded. No one is denied. We missed the point at the Tower of Babel. We are a community of faithful people with God as our Head. God gives us purpose and direction. What can’t be done individually can always be done as a family of believers.
This Pentecost we take stock not of our individuality, but, our unity. Together we courageously proclaim Jesus Christ risen from the dead. We are a bold voice to a chaotic world. We are a certainty of hope to a misdirected culture. Pentecost empowers the believer to walk with God, to take a journey in faith, never alone but as a vital and necessary part of an Eternal Body destined to win in Jesus Christ.