Date: May 20, 2018
Bewildered or puzzled and astonished are the words we hear this week from our reading from Acts 2. These were the responses of those who witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and why not? This was an extraordinary event after all!Luke presents the story with winds raging; flame-like tongues, scores of them; an international, mixture of languages, some familiar and others belonging to an all-but-forgotten past— befuddlement and wonder may well be the anticipated responses to such phenomena as these. The question on everyone’s minds…“What does this mean?”This week we celebrate Pentecost, the third great festival of the Christian year. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church and so much more. Scripture tells us that 3000 people believed on that first day. It was the beginning of a movement, a new way, calling us to be open to God's Spirit moving in our lives.