2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
We have come to Pentecost Sunday. Six weeks have passed since the resurrection, and now at the seventh Sunday the transformation that commenced with the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ, has been fulfilled.
The deed of Christ is completed, now we are given the opportunity to become part of his work.
In the Book of Revelation the angels act through two agencies, they have a “mighty voice” and they bear fire. These are the attributes of the son of man in chapter one:
“14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters”
The son of man is the template of the culmination of our evolution. At Pentecost our future is restored to us.
All four of the elemental energies, the four living creatures of Revelation are empowered by the deed of Christ. The elements of earth and water are transformed by the Eucharist into the body and blood of Christ. Now the elements of air and fire are transformed into the voice and vision of Christ. As Christed beings our voice becomes powerful. We can speak to others and be understood where they are in their own consciousness. Our hearing becomes acute, we can hear the pain of the soul in the voices that speak to us.
Our vision is able to pierce behind the veils of illusion. We see to the heart of matters. We are able, in the words of St John, to distinguish between the spirit of error and the spirit of truth.
Rev Mario taught that Pentecost was a singular event. Like the deed of Christ, it occurred at one moment of human history and will not be repeated. Although certain groups pray for the spirit to descend upon them, we know that the spirit has already descended. At Pentecost we pray that we may be more open to embrace what was given more than two thousand years ago so that we may become, like the “Son of Man”, forerunners of human evolution. We pray that our voices will be heard throughout the world, reminding others that we are divine spirits dwelling for a while upon the earth. We pray that the gift of fire may create an inner fire. That we may live in conscious communion with the divine, that our vision may pierce the veil placed upon us by the mists of this world. We pray that as T. S. Eliot put it, the flame given to us at Pentecost may be
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
The gift of Pentecost is a gift of return. The power given through the sacrifice of Christ restores us to our origins as spiritual beings. We can never go back. We can return to our origins in spirit, but our journey has changed us, and when we arrive back to where we started, we will see the whole of creation as different, creation will have changed, because we have changed.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding, Four Quartets, 1942
I love this painting of El Greco for its humanity. He has chosen to show us the disciples of Christ, both men and women, focused around Mary, the soul principle.
The gift of the heavens is poured out upon those who loved Christ in his physical form, and now experience his love returned to them, touching and transforming through the new power implanted within the soul. I also love that El Greco has included himself in the painting – he is the bald man in the foreground– for the spirit of Pentecost is not given to a small elect, it is bestowed upon every human soul.
The gift is given, once and forever. Now it is up to us to accept this gift. Spend this day in the experience of the inner fire which glows within you. Experience the power of the soul to give birth to the godhead. Experience the transforming energy of the hierarchy of the spiritual worlds, and the template, the blueprint of Christ. Above all experience that you also are made new.
This book, which we have just finished, is a training manual for the Will. You should keep on reading it now and until your dying day. It has to do with the unification of your Will with the Will of God. It is one of the most difficult and almost impossible Initiations to achieve. If we can attain, following the blueprint, then we will be able to understand that most wonderful text which can only properly be understood in the Seventh period. For some unknown reason it is always read at a funeral service, but it has nothing to do with funerals.
“Truly, truly, I say unto you, he who believes [takes me as a pattern] in me will also do the works that I do, and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12)
So those who take Christ as a pattern, follow the manual of the book of Revelation, work on their Will levels (unify their Will with the Will of God) will do the works that Christ did. And that marks you as a Christ conscious person.
Rev Mario Schoenmaker, The Book of Revelation, 1984 Lecture Series