Today marks an important turning point in the early Church. As we hear in today’s first reading, once the disciples had received the gift of the Holy Spirit, they found new strength and courage to proclaim the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As they proclaimed the message, they were heard in various languages, for the message of salvation could not be contained in only one dialect.
In the 2nd reading today St. Paul writes: “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe.”
In the Gospel today Jesus says: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” One of the commandments Jesus gave to his disciples before his ascension into heaven was to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The missionary work of the church is to carry the message of Jesus to all parts of the world.