Pentecost…take in a Holy Breath!
The Solemnity of Pentecost is a wonderful expression of the diversity of gifts the Spirit gives to the church. Diversity, like any gift, needs to be appreciated by nurturing the relationships that it brings. Todays reading, from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-11) describes the powerful effect the Holy Spirit had both on the disciples and the devout Jews, “from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem for the Pentecost Feast.”
First, the disciples, who by the way, were locked in an upper room filled with fear. Johns Gospel has this happening the very night of the Lords Resurrection. To overcome their fear Jesus takes command, gives them a focus, and offers a substitution for their fear. His tactic or strategy was to show them His cross-wounds and tell them that He is real, is alive, and is with all 10 of them. (Judas was gone, and Thomas was missing in action). And what was their reaction? We are told that they rejoiced but maybe that was a Bible word for being stunned out of fear into feeling joyful! That’s the peace He was speaking of during His earthly ministry with them and was now offering to them again. A peace that touched them to the depths of their very souls and allowed them to be agents of His peace by offering forgiveness to all those they encountered.
But, lest we forget the crowds in Jerusalem. What happened to them on this Pentecost feast? That same “Holy Wind” (or Spirit) that knocked the fear out of Christs disciples was now filling the lungs of these pilgrims and the language they began speaking was understood by everyone. Long before Google, Alexa, and Siri, it was Gods spirit that answered our questions, gave us direction in our lives, and told us where we were or how to get where we wanted to be! The Holy Spirit still does all of this for those who turn to God as the focus of their lives.
Today is your Pentecost, take in the Holy Spirit, breathe deep. It’s a feast of really listening to the voice of God. There’s too much attention being given to “AI”, Artificial Intelligence and not enough given to Divine Intelligence, “DI”. Speaking in tongues isn’t as amazing as listening with our hearts. Understanding one another is possible only after understanding the Lord. No need for Google, Alexa or Siri, but there is a place for our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit we’re ready for you!