Cape Coast, 21st May, 2021, Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.
The name comes from the Greek word ‘pentekoste’ meaning “fiftieth”. Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world.
In other words Pentecost could also be explained to mean a Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension and it is held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
This coming Sunday which is the 23rd of May 2021 is another Pentecost according the Christian calendar and all Christians especially the orthodox churches would observe it as such.
As Christians across the world prepare to celebrate this year’s Pentecost, Rt. Rev. Dr. Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, 2nd Archbishop of The Internal Province of Ghana, Anglican Communion, has urged Christians to celebrate this year’s Pentecost in unison enjoying each others diversity.
He noted that, the Church has always struggled to maintain unity. The challenge has faced every generation of Christians. We hear the Gospel and become a part of the Church, it doesn’t turn us into uniform people.
“While God desires unity, it’s important to remember that God is the author of diversity. As one student of the natural world put it, the God who created 80,000 different kinds of parasites is a God who loves diversity. There is still greater diversity among human beings. But God calls us to live together”.
In his message to the Anglican faithfuls in Ghana issued on Thursday, 20th May, 2021, he intimated that, the church today is experiencing a lot of polarization in the society.
In his view, there has been “Conflicting visions of what a healthy society looks like, conflicting visions of the truth, set up camps and battle away. The Holy Spirit calls us in a different direction”.
Part of the truth that God calls us to is the truth that we as Christian community are called to be one body in Christ. Yes, with incredible diversity within the body. But one. As we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, let us ask for an outpouring of unity on the Church.
Finally, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Asante Mampong admonished all Christians to as a matter necessity learn to live in harmony with other person of different faith.
“We must make a deeper attempt to live peaceably with all our neighbors especially people of other faith’s notably Muslims who live and work with us. We must also make every effort at working towards the rules of the nation during this era of the Covid Pandemic”.
In the concluding part of his message, Rt Rev. Dr. Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith posited that “God can perform miracles even in a time of social distancing. God’s mercy can overcome any distance. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God has been with us during this time of the pandemic, and will continue to be with us every step of the way”.
He added “May we all, individually and as the one body of the Church, come to know ever better the healing and purifying, forgiving and unifying ways of the Holy Spirit” which most Christians are expecting to pour on them during the Pentecost period this coming Sunday.
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