Pentecost Sunday 5 June

Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:24-34; 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23

As human beings we get caught up in ourselves and our egos: what I can and cannot do. Our egos motivate us to do some task so that they can bask in the glory: ‘look at me. I can do such and such’. In terms of faith, of advancing God’s reign, such activity is counterproductive. Rather, as people of faith, anything is possible through the Holy Spirit.

Gifts are made manifest in individuals but they are meant for community, to build community. Gifts only reach their full potential in community. This helps to keep our egos at bay while also fostering the servant leadership that Jesus modelled for us. By using our gifts to build community we promote unity in diversity.

By respecting individuals and building community, this promotes peace, referenced I today’s Gospel. The Gospel also notes that once we receive the Holy Spirit we are sent by Christ. First we use our gifts, then we build community, then we go out into the world, promoting love and peace thereby bringing God’s reign closer.

Our egos don’t like such a course, of faith in action: ‘what about me?’ By behaving and acting in this way we bring everyone with us – promoting peace through unity in diversity – all thanks to the Holy Spirit.

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