The church focuses, rightly, on the story of Jesus. I, for one, am fascinated by the man. But we cannot stop with Jesus: in a real way, Jesus is a prelude to our real work.
Pentecost marks the beginning of the work of the Spirit: the founding of the church as community, the beginnings of ministry in the world by an army of God’s people. Disciples (followers) become apostles (those sent on a mission). The first apostles discovered on Pentecost just how powerful God’s Holy Spirit really is: miracles of language took place, so that everbody could hear and understand the Good News of God’s love. Three thousand people heard and received the Gospel, and were baptized.
Walter Brueggeman, a wonderful Old Testament Scholar, wrote that God’s will is accomplished through human agency. God’s Spirit in us makes us God’s agents. When we work together, hungry people are fed, and systems are changed so that all people have enough. , as people join together to fight for justice and the dignity of every Nations are changed human being. Even the earth itself can be healed, if we join together to insist on environmental measures to preserve our precious planet.
For Christians, the message of Pentecost is: It’s Showtime. JBM