(8 June 2014, 24 May 2015)
GOD, who as at this time did teach the hearts of your faithful people, by the sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end.
Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Psalm 122; Acts 2:1-11; John 14:15-31a
Today is Pentecost Sunday, the 50th day after Easter. Also originally a Jewish holiday (as described in the Old Testament), it has been transformed into a major Christian celebration thanks to the events described in Acts. Because of this arrival of the Holy Spirit, today is often thought of as the birthday of the Church. The Collect and Gospel especially call attention to the work of the Spirit in comforting (or assisting) us as we strive to follow Christ, and in teaching us the Gospel, leading us to the truth, who is Christ. Also, with God’s Spirit dwelling within us, Psalms like 122 take on a whole new level of meaning: God’s blessings of peace are addressed to us as his spiritual temple, and the Church as the spiritual Jerusalem.