We will also be celebrating the sacrament of Communion.
The Scripture Readings this week are:
- Galatians 5:22-26
- Matthew 7:16-20
- Acts 2:1-4
Early Thoughts: On that first Pentecost of the Christian Era God arrived. The Holy Spirit blew in and through the community of Jesus' disciples and transformed them completely.
That is what the Holy Spirit does, it changes how we see the world, how we live, how we interact with the world. And the people around us should be able to see that, they should notice and wonder we we act the way we do. Hopefully they won't sneer and decide that we are drunk, as some did on that first Pentecost.
This past Easter season we took some time to look at some of what Paul says grows in us when the Spirit is a part of our lives. This week we are reminded of wisdom from Matthew "Thus you will know them by their fruits". Now Matthew has a bit of a judgement twist, has no sense that transformation is possible, but the great witness of our faith stories is that transformation is possible. When God works in us and others by the Spirit transformation happens. We proclaim that the Church is populated by people who have been born by water and the Spirit. I sometimes wonder if people see the Spirit at work in our lives?
So do you have the Spirit in you? What sort of fruit do you bear?