This week’s word of the week is Pentecost.
Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday.
Jesus had left the disciples and they were all lost and didn’t know what to do. Then the Holy Spirit came upon them in a fiery wind and they were able to spread the Good News in multiple languages and they knew this was their purpose. They felt renewed, reenergised and purposeful.
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
It was a huge change. There was nothing subtle about it. They had been in hiding, scared out of their wits. Jesus had been arrested. Rumours flew that the high priests wanted Him crucified. The “Powers-that-be” wanted to send a message to all who would dare challenge their authority. The message was received, loud and clear. None of the disciples were around to witness the events of that Friday, the one we call Good. None, that is, except John, as well as his mother, Mary and a few other of Jesus’ closest friends. But now, fifty days later, the eleven remaining disciples were publicly proclaiming Jesus Christ, right there in the Temple area, right where those who murdered Jesus could see them. “You cannot kill God’s plan,” they said. “You couldn’t even keep Jesus in the grave, for He rose and gave His Life to all who believe in Him.” And they went out and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, they spread the Good News.
We’ve heard how the disciples went out and spread the Good News by speaking in different languages. But how can we spread the Good News? We can use both our words and our actions.
- Invite someone to come to go to church with you
- Pray/meditate with your family or friends
- Follow in Jesus’ footsteps by being kind, helpful, sharing, giving
Let us know in the comments below how you have achieved this week’s mission to spread the Good News.