The ending of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles can be a little bit frustrating, simply because it leaves the final chapters of Saint Paul’s life untold. Did Luke not know how Paul died? Scholars are fairly certain he did. Luke seems to have deliberately left Paul’s story incomplete, as a way of telling us that the entire story of Acts is still incomplete. In a sense, the story won’t come to an end until the end of time when Our Lord returns in glory.
Since the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has been hard at work in the world, bringing people to faith in Christ and encouraging those who already believe in him. Nothing can stop the Holy Spirit from advancing the Kingdom of God: not persecution, not indifference, not the death of his saints, and certainly not the Devil.
Tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of Pentecost. Two thousand years ago, the Holy Spirit transformed timid disciples into bold preachers of the kingdom of God. And why should we not expect him to fill us with another burst of his Spirit tomorrow?
The powers of darkness know they cannot stand against Christ and his Church, and they tremble at the thought of Spirit-filled Christians moving forward in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.