It is Pentecost Sunday, the day we remember Jesus’ Jewish followers gathered together in the midst of their current oppressors to celebrate the feast of Shav’u'ot, recalling, at the 50-day mark, their deliverance from past oppression in Egypt.
As Christians, we celebrate the giving of God’s Spirit, promised by Jesus, in a lavish display of wind and fire, 50 days after God raised Jesus to new life with us and within us.
In chapter 12 of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, proclaimed today in Christian churches, we hear:
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
In John’s gospel we hear Jesus say twice to the gathered disciples, Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
The Spirit has reversed the division of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) and we are sent to regather God’s people. Read more