Pentecost Sunday Reflection
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. And suddenly out of the sky came a sound like a strong rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared tongues as if of fire, which parted and came to rest upon each one of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.”
In Genesis 11, we are told that ‘the whole world had one language and a common speech’. They were a nomadic(wandering) people, but they said “Let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top reaching heaven; so that we may become a great people, and not be scattered over the face of the earth”. God decided that this would lead to such pride that they would come to believe that they could do anything they put their minds to, so He decided to create a little confusion! “Let us go down and confuse their language, so that they will no longer understand one another”. This is what God did, and the tower was abandoned, and the people were scattered all over the face of the earth.
On Pentecost morning, God was calling His people together again. At that time of year, people had gathered in Jerusalem from every country in the known world of that time. The Spirit gave the apostles the ‘gift of tongues’ which enabled Peter speak in his own language, and all the crowds that had gathered understood exactly what he was saying. This bringing-together of His people was the beginning of the Church.
ONE FINAL WORD: Try to develop the habit of repeating “Come Holy Spirit” as a mantra, as you go about your daily routines. This will become spontaneous after a while, and it will help to remind you of the extraordinary and wonderful graces of today.
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