Good Folks, it is Friday, June 7, 2019. This coming Sunday is The Day of Pentecost. Read the Book of Acts, chapter two, verses 1-21.
Pentecost, from the Greek for the “50th [day]” since Easter. The other Germanic languages tend to call it something like the German Pfingsten, which is just pentekoste plus a thousand years of sound change. In Britain, it is Whitsun or Whitsunday, a derivative of “White Sunday”, which itself has several competing explanations.
There is more to Pentecost than just its etymology, though. The holiday highlights the very different attitudes of the major world religions towards language. On Pentecost, according to the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus’s followers saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now, they were staying in Jerusalem, God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?”
Excerpts from: Tongues of Fire and Sacred Mysteries; 05.20.2015; R.L.G/Berlin
This Sunday, those attending worship will hear the Pentecost story read in: English, Spanish, Korean, German, Italian and Japanese. So few languages compared to first day of Pentecost that we read about in the Book of Acts.
There are some mysteries of scripture and events in human history that we will never understand; however, we are called to believe by faith – not a blind faith but one that we can find peace with. Pentecost is one of those moments.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (email@example.com)
“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” – Wm. Carey