Acts 2:1-21 (or Numbers 11:24-30); Psalm 104:25-35, 37; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 (or Acts 2:1-21); John 20:19-23 (or John 7:37-39)
“There’s a Pentecost happening every day in the world. We’re consumed with church and missing God.” – Reggie McNeal
Again this Pentecost Day the focal point is in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. We will look there.
All of us have things in our personalities that we have inherited from significant people in our youth. They may have been parents, teachers or a favorite uncle or aunt. Some of these inherited aspects of our personalities are good and some not so good. But they comprise who we are. The same is true for the apostles, those who received the Holy Spirit and through whom the Spirit spoke on that first Pentecost. Obviously God uses the apostles and us as we are, with all our quirks and good parts. God honors both, honors us as we are. Look at the apostles: one was impatient; one was cranky; one was uncertain; one was unfocused; one was self-centered; one was thoughtless; one was . . . What a rich variety God had to work with. Pentecost isn’t about speaking incomprehensible languages. We can only speak from who we are in our totality. Pentecost is about hearing incomprehensible languages. We can hear and understand new amazing things if we know where to listen and to whom to listen. We might first think to go to church. Sure, we will find Spirit filled people in church. But let us not write off Spirit filled people who are not in church. After all, they are the majority of the human race. God also has them as a very rich variety to work with. God is having a Pentecost every day in the world out there. If we listen our very personalities are formed, not only in our youth, but today begin to take a new shape.
In Acts 2:12 the people ask “What does this mean?” The Greek literally says: “What does this wish (or will, desire, want) to be?” Interesting.
Bravely to Spirit
who shakes bare those foundations
so we surely hear.