A Pentecost on Day 76

Posted: May 31, 2020 by Ty in Spirituality
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See the source imageAh 50 days after Easter, and it is Pentecost. The birthday of the church. The day with the outward experience of the inward holy mystery of each of us, as the ancient church told the story in the Christian Testament:

2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

-Acts of the Apostles 2:1-13, English Standard Version

It was a time of shattering false dichotomies, labels and barriers. A time when all were seen as created- equal and whole, blessed and loved. This is the story of Pentecost. Removing the barriers of exclusion and hate, so love wins.

What a weekend for this to happen with the historic riots south of the border, as Rev. Michael Coren on Twitter reminded us this morning with:

A #PentecostSunday prayer
Unite us Holy Sprit: in justice, equality, peace, and love. Remove the power of the oppressor, restore the dignity of the oppressed. Make us whole with the rhythms of what is right, repair the brokenness of an unfair society. Amen.

Who would Brother Jesus direct us, his humble students and believers nee 2,000 years onwards, to stand with? To love? What should we do in this time of uncertainty, upheaval, physical disconnect? The world is changing rapidly, and we are responding in person or from a distance to crisis after crisis it seems. Constantly running at a minimal level of constant being on anxiety.

Fatigue is setting in and that is okay. It is okay to take time for one self, but not to do it in a way through justification that the world is fear mongering, or our oppressed brothers and sisters simply need to get over it. We still need to stand in justice and love. So when we rest, it can be a rest of peace. Especially this week in Canada as we open accessibility week . A week to remind us all, that there is a mosaic in society, for the secular it is about building spaces that are accessible, healthy inclusion.

For those who are spiritual, I would say it is  a challenge thrown down to actually live the Holy Love and Justice that is the belonging in the story of Pentecost. It is about creating authentic belonging for all in our world, our society, our communities, and our homes, as labels become irrelevant, and it is about the person before us, understanding how they experience the world, advocating and ensuring they have the right resources to thrive, and to be in community with one another.

Are we up to answer the Pentecost Love challenge?

For those who want to argue if this is a pandemic due to numbers of deaths, and that Canadian ER’s have not been overrun…uhm this is harm reduction/prevention in action as community works interdependently to keep all members of society safe. If our politicians were not directed by Health Services, and was the inverse…just look to our neighbours to the south, death tolls from Covid have far surpassed the totals of lives lost in America in Vietnam and Korean wars combined (this attitude is what the Alberta Premier is moving to by tying the hands of Health Services, and referencing it as an “influenza”), or to Sweden which never locked down, and is now paying the price. To my neighbours in YYC, restrictions are easing, but please continue to thinking communally so we can all live safe and healthy lives together.

-End sermon on Pentecost.

-Day 76 Facebook story, just before visiting Calgary’s Sage Hill Wal-Mart mask on, and having many complain about so many people fear mongering by wearing masks (face palm time).

One of the blessings of c-tine, is connections that may not have normally happened, due to the nature of the video call (but I caution thezoom fatigue to be aware of), but some cool things can happen, like the rendition of this song.

Pentecost Song here.

It is a time of ebb and flow, where we are called to experience life differently, could it be in this time of pause, we take a moment to listen deep within for the small still whisper of the Holy, and have those conversations that truly matter with others? And renew bonds of belonging?

Image may contain: text that says "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. DESMOND TUTU NO H8"

 

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