Friday, May 21, 2010

The Feast of Pentecost - Conclusion


Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17, 25-27
There are some weeks when these blogs come easily and other weeks, like this one, when they don’t. It did seem ironic that it should be so difficult on the week of Pentecost when one might expect the Spirit to show up without much effort on the part of the blogger. But true to the day of Pentecost the Spirit’s arrival always surprises. The disciples waiting for weeks are blown away by the wind of the Spirit and lit up by tongues of fire they speak like drunks but without the slurred speech. God surprises us, and most of all Doris Lakota, by determining Monday afternoon to be the day when by the Spirit sent forth she is recreated in the eternal future and renewed like the face of the earth. The Roman Christians, and all who familiar with suffering wait for redemption with the whole creation, find strength and courage in the hope that not seen is none-the-less anticipated and believed. And finally in the Gospel Philip asks to see what he couldn’t imagine even though the answer was right in front of his face “If you have seen me…” Surprise!

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