Pondering for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Eucharistic Readings for Day of Pentecost: Year A 2020

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13  Psalm 104:25-35, 37  Acts 2:1-21  John 20:19-23

“Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (Acts 2: 21)

I’ve been noticing the prophecies from the Hebrew Testament; Jeremiah, Isaiah, and now Joel. Peter speaks from Joel of the Hebrew Testament (That’s all he had in his day).  He says; “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.  Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”  Such days are upon us now.

We are suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic and on top of this we are suffering from out of control violence brought on by out of control violence. To this latter suffering there are, and have been, people among us whose words we should listen to.

Keisha Lance Bottoms is the 60th and current Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. She was elected mayor in 2017.  She says to the trouble makers, “Go Home.” The mayor says we are better than this. 

 “Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Each of us has a soul that is in conversation with God.  Too many of us would rather listen to the rhetoric of others who are also not listening to their souls and thus we have soulless reactions to whatever happens to us. We need God involved and we don’t know how to ask for it.

Our Presiding Bishop (The Most Reverend Michael Curry) says the most earnest prayer we can pray is: “Help.”  Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

I have tried to teach you over these last 15 years that you don’t need a priest to be your contact with God. Perhaps you do as a Celebrant, but God, as revealed through the prophets of the Hebrew and Christian Testament, has already written love on your hearts. And God wants to talk with you. Once I have told you this, I have done my job as your preacher. Each of us needs to go to God for help; not as a mob, but as God’s loving child. This day we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is with us and speaks to us. We just need to call on the Lord for help.

Joel, through Peter, repeats, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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