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 a 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.
Reflect and Pray:
Today’s reading if the first of three dealing with the events of the first Pentecost. Often, society has encouraged us to think we are to be self-sufficient, independent of each other – the most important thing is me and my needs or wants. Some would even say we can’t depend on anyone but ourselves. I believe that sometimes carries over into our life of faith.
In his account of the coming of the Holy Spirit, Luke reminds us that “they were all together in one place.” These words are a reminder that while the individual Christian life is important, we much never forget that we are called to be a community, a part of a family, and God can work in ways in our midst together that can happen when we are trying to live our faith out alone. To me, this is one of the reasons worship together on Sunday morning is so important.
Why do you go to Sunday school and church on Sunday?