Pentecost Fire

Come Holy Spirit, come !
Grace, mercy and peace in the name of Jesus – Amen

In the second chapter of Acts, we are given an account of Pentecost. The festival of Pentecost is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, ten days after Jesus’ ascension.

The role of the Holy Spirit in the biblical story is not just to appear for the church’s birthday and set off the fireworks. The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity, wasn’t waiting idly for long ages in heaven before becoming active in the world a couple of thousand years ago.

Already in just the second verse of the Bible, at the beginning of the first creation story, there’s a note of the Spirit’s activity. We’re told there, in obviously symbolic language, that the “spirit of God - ruach” was moving like a wind over the primordial waters before creation.

In the Hebrew scriptures we read about “the spirit of the LORD” or “the spirit of God” working to guide God’s people. The Spirit comes upon Samson, who fights the enemies of Israel, to David when he is anointed king, and to one of Judah’s prophets who instructs God’s people in a time of crisis.

So, is the Spirit of God speaking through you or working in and through you? Can you think of a Holy Spirit moment in your life?

The Apostle Paul wrote: “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.… All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12)
The Rev. Romeo K. Dabee
JFK Airport Community Minister