Pentecost is a highly significant moment in the Christian calendar; It`s when Jesus returns in spirit to the world to give himself to his disciples as a helper and guide, and breathes the Holy Spirit upon each of them in turn. This has always seemed to me a stunning visual moment to wrap my head around. Often times we wander without purpose, seeking a way through the dense thicket, and wishing for something to show us the way.
This promise is there for everyone who asks; an incredible inclusivity that blew my mind when I realised the full implications. You don`t have to be religious, say your prayers or live every moment of your life in a state of religious fervour; just take a moment aside and ask for guidance from the Man. There isn`t a catch that requires you to do this or that in return for spiritual support, it`s just there whenever needed.
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all of one accord in one place.
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
~~ Acts 2: 1-4 ~~
The Holy Spirit is basically living God`s words in your daily life; “Or do you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God…?” so asked Paul in a letter he wrote to the Christian community in Corinth.
As Quaker philosophy tells us in such beautiful simplicity, God is not to be found in buildings of stone, but inside our hearts. This is not something they just thought of themselves, it`s in the New Testament for all to see; but humanity in it`s endless, vainglorious journey to ignore the inconvenient, has always built monuments to God, when they only needed to look inside themselves to find God`s walking, talking, breathing monument.
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
Then Jesus said to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”
~~ John 20: 19-31 ~~