Acts 2:1-11 – Psalm 104 – 1 Cor 12:3b – 7, 12-13 – John 20:19-23
“There was a great wind. And suddenly the whole place where they were gathered shook. And Jesus stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me so I also send you.” And He breathed on them the breath of the Holy Spirit.”
Pentecost, in the first place, is a feast of the HS and, as such, is a feast of re-creation. It is a feast of re-ordering as when the Spirit hovered over the immensity of waters at creation. The HS brings order out of dis-order but not necessarily perfection. In other words, the HS at the time of creation set the world in order but also allowed it the freedom – the same freedom that was given to Adam and Eve – to “run its course.” In other words, God allows the world to play out, as it were, without keeping his finger in the pie all the time.
I loved that quote on the Feast of St. Ephrem that essentially said, God created Adam and Eve full-well knowing that they might stray from that perfect path of creation but also knowing that he would then be able to offer them the opportunity to come back to him. Remember, the tomb at the base of the 12th Station in Jerusalem is traditionally held to be the tomb of Adam which signifies that the death of Jesus brought redemption to all of his creation.
So, on this Feast of Pentecost we are reminded that the “creative love of God’s Spirit” is always there to re-create us and bring us back but not there to forbid us ever to deviate. God’s Spirit is always there but ever so patient to let us, like the Prodigal Son, to “have our way” full-well knowing that mercy and forgiveness are more powerful than staying locked in an upper room of fear. Amen!