Pentecost marks the end of the liturgical observance of Easter. It reminds us that the crucified and risen Lord has fulfilled His promise to send His Holy Spirit to be with His Church to the end of time. It is a time of joy for the Spirit of Jesus fills the very ends of the earth with His power and the strength of His loving and guiding presence.
In real terms, Pentecost renews the people of God with a fervour that enables them to witness to their faith and to the transformational power of God working in them. The spirit of fear and of apathy, the dulling of the senses to the presence and majesty of the Father who sent His Son are replaced by a new awareness of the love, peace and joy which reflect the Saviour Himself.
As people of God in Trinidad and Tobago, we need to examine what this means for us. Overwhelmed at times by the problems of escalating and more and more brutal crime, we cringe every time an incident of this nature gets closer and closer home. The loss of employment and of a steady income haunts every economic sector and we witness on a daily basis the influx of more and more of our desperate neighbours from Venezuela.