Monday, May 14, 2018

pentecost year b - acts

Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, 
     the apostles were all together in one place.
     2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound 
          like the rush of a violent wind, 
               and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
     3Divided tongues, 
          as of fire, 
               appeared among them, 
          and a tongue rested on each of them.
     4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit 
     and began to speak in other languages, 
          as the Spirit gave them ability.

5Now there were devout Jews 
     from every nation under heaven  
          living in Jerusalem.
     6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, 
          because each one heard them speaking 
               in the native language of each.
     7Amazed and astonished, they asked, 
          “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
          8And how is it that we hear, 
               each of us, 
                    in our own native language?
               9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia
               Judea and Cappadocia
               Pontus and Asia,
               10Phrygia and Pamphylia
               Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene
               and visitors from Rome
                    both Jewish-born and proselytes,
               11Cretans and Arabs
                    in our own languages we hear them speaking 
                         about God’s deeds of power.”  
12All were amazed and perplexed, 
     saying to one another, 
          “What does this mean?”  
13But others sneered and said, 
     “They are filled with new wine.”

14But Peter, standing with the eleven, 
     raised his voice and addressed them, 
          “People of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, 
               let this be known to you, 
               and listen to what I say.
                    15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, 
                         for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
               16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
                    17‘In the last days it will be, God declares, 
                         that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, 
                         and your children shall prophesy, 
                         and your youth shall see visions, 
                         and your elders shall dream dreams.
                    18Even upon my slaves, of all genders, 
                         in those days I will pour out my Spirit; 
                              and they shall prophesy.
                    19And I will show portents in the heaven above 
                    and signs on the earth below, 
                         blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
                    20The sun shall be turned to darkness 
                    and the moon to blood, 
                         before the coming of the God’s great and glorious day.
                              21Then everyone who calls on the divine name 
                                   shall be saved.’

Queeries for the text:
Was it just the sound or could you feel the violence of the wind?
Were the tongues of fire Hermione's blue flames?  Or did the apostles take Snape's potion?
Is God a pyro?
Is this where Martin Luther got his "Was ist das?" question from?
What other ways do we try to dismiss God's work in others when we don't understand it?
Is God in the dark and the tumult more than in the calm light?
What would happen if people from all those places gathered together today? 

What are your queeries?

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