Pentecost - May 27th 2020
One of the things we can’t do very much at the moment is get together. We have to isolate, stand apart in queues, and keep our distance. To battle coronavirus we have had to make sacrifices. We have had to avoid meeting friends and family. There’s no getting together in pubs, restaurants, schools or churches. Parties have been disallowed, trips to the seaside discouraged while music festivals and sporting events have been consigned to the memory banks. Maybe we have begun to realise how important it is to get together. Football is not the same behind closed doors. You can listen to music at home, but it’s not the same as going to a concert and sharing it with other people. In church, people have prayed just as effectively at home, but we have missed worshipping together.
Today is the Day of Pentecost, when we celebrate the Spirit coming upon Jesus’ disciples. And guess where they were when that happened – they were all together in one place. People who had been separated and isolated were now coming together. The Biblical experience looks back not just a few weeks but hundreds of years. And now God was springing an unexpected surprise on people. People who hadn’t even spoken the same language for centuries found out that when the Spirit came upon them it didn’t matter. Whether they thought they were important or insignificant it didn’t matter. God’s Spirit was a gift for everyone.
Pentecost was a day when people came together. And God chose that moment to give them a new power and energy and strength to face the future. More than that he was sending them out in the power of his Spirit to do just that.
One day, soon I hope, we will get together again. Our lives are often the richer for doing things with others. When that moment comes, don’t miss it. You might even experience a lot more than you had bargained for.
Acts 2: 1-4
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Lord, I wondered if you meant the Spirit was for the likes of me. I thought that was a gift for others, Then as the wind blew, a quiet calm came just for a moment. And I knew then you had whispered yes. Amen.