(10 June 2014, 26 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.
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 116:12-17; Acts 8:14-17; John 10:1-10
This third day of the Pentecost celebration takes something of a pastoral theme. The Old Testament promises new life to God’s people through the giving of the Holy Spirit, which we certain see in the Pentecost story as the Church is born. But, just as Ezekiel was told to prophesy over the dry dead bones, so in the Church are certain ministers given leadership roles to facilitate the work and giving of the Spirit within the Church, as we see in Acts. One reason for this pastoral role is described in the Gospel: Jesus wants us to be safe and protected from wolves – spiritual enemies who seek to oppose the Gospel’s advance.