The Coming of the Spirit
Seven Pages/Seven Days
Day 7 - Acts 2: 1-13 The Coming of the Spirit
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God." They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, "What does this mean?" But others said, scoffing, "They have had too much new wine."
God speaks to each one of us, too, in our own language! What a gift and a grace this is! Do we take the time to really "LISTEN" to what God is saying to us? What might you be "HEARING" God say to you today? Open our ears, O Lord, help us to hear your voice this day! Amen! Sister Diane Capuano, O.P.
Saint of the Day: St. Adheritus
Bishop and successor of St. Apollinaris. Adheritus was a Greek by birth. He entered the priesthood and was made bishop of Ravenna, following St. Apollinaris His remains are venerated in the Benedictine Basilica of Classe near Ravenna, Italy.
Pentecost, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.