The story of Pentecost comes early in the book of Acts, chapter 2 to be exact. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. ” (Acts 2:1-4).
Yes, truly amazing. However, what is even more amazing is that in that moment, everyone understood everyone else, and this, of course, is the great dream of the church. That somehow we actually come to understand, and even love our fellow human beings. Like the story of Pentecost, albeit a little less dramatically, we do see glimmers of this understanding, especially when we follow Paul’s encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:19) to “not quench the Spirit.” We really cannot do that, of course. The Holy Spirit will move as it will, and cannot be contained. However, we do want to move with the Spirit, not be left behind in the confinement of our egos.
Let us come together this Sunday and let the Spirit have its way with us. Jesus assures us that this Spirit is truth. Therefore, we can have confidence in its ways. We are being led to love. We can try to go our own way, but ultimately we all will learn that there is nowhere else to go but to God. God is the the Alpha and Omega, and God is love. Let us keep practicing coming together. Together, we can find our way to the love that already abides in us.