Prayer of the Day
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Whitsund, otherwise known as Pentecost, at least in today’s viewpoint. This is the second version of the coming of the Holy Spirit (the other was John 20:22
). This one, though is much more dramatic. Luke was trying to show that what would be called Christianity knows no boundaries.
Psalm 104:24-35b (ESV)
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
27 These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians we see the outcome of what we call Pentecost. Everyone gets a gift, no matter how big or how small. Yes, even though we may not believe it, but everyone is important. All the way down to the person who imports data manually into computer systems. If that information is not accurate, then everything else collapses on itself. That’s what Paul is trying to get the people to understand.
Well lookie here. I never went to see what the gospel reading for Sunday was when I started at the top. Well, I had the scriptures, but I never connected the dots so to speak. In the Acts passage above I mention about how there was another Pentecost of sorts, and that’s what we have for the gospel reading for today. It doesn’t matter if it happened this way, or if it was much more in your face like the Acts passage. All we have to understand is that it happened.