An ancient Jewish writing declares, "Pentecost is the day on which Torah was given."
According to the teaching, it was on the day that eventually became the feast of Pentecost
that God gave birth to the Hebrew nation by speaking the divine covenant to them at
As the book of Acts makes clear, Pentecost was also the day on which the New
Testament church was born. Just as God spoke through Moses to bring the nation of
Israel into being at Mount Sinai, so God spoke through Peter to create the first elements
of the new faith community.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.