PENTECOST-SUNDAY

Sunday, June 4, 2017

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…” (Acts 2: 1-4)

 

There is much to be said, and internalized, and lived, on the basis of this great event in our common history, celebrated today, of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, and through them on all of us. But I would just like to comment on the “sound” (ἦχος) in which He chose to descend, “like the rush of a mighty wind.” – Wind, of all things! For most of us who are not meteorologists, wind is unpredictable and unfathomable. We “do not know whence it comes or whither it goes,” as our Lord says to Nicodemus about the way(s) of the Holy Spirit (Jn 3: 8).

 

However, the Holy Spirit is unlike other unpredictable and unfathomable aspects of our lives, which cause us anxiety and insecurity. I mean, like the ambivalences of a shaky relationship, an insecure job-position, or financial situation, as these might tend to drive me crazy, when I have no clear “answer” or solution to them. But the unpredictability and unfathomability (if that's a word) of the Holy Spirit is not like that. He, as “The Good One,” and “Treasury of Blessings/Good Things,” is full of good surprises, whenever I open up to Him. He also carries me through the above-mentioned ambivalences, to which I have no clear answer today, in His stabilizing, unchanging, and comforting grace.

 

So let me re-connect with Him today, in heartfelt prayer, that I may have peace, in Him, even when I don’t have all the answers. As Bob Dylan reminds me, “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.”

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