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The Arrival of Pentecost

The relationship between the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) is unique among world religions. Although the form of our spiritual practices may change slightly, we share scriptures and many spiritual practices. It is not surprising that many of our sacred seasons and feast days overlap then, too.  

Last month, we had the privilege of joining our Muslim brothers and sisters as they observed Ramadan just as we concluded our season of Lent. This unique opportunity allowed us to appreciate the similarities and understand the differences in our observances, fostering a spirit of mutual respect and curiosity. 

As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost this Sunday, we recall the dynamic arrival of the Holy Spirit. The disciples went to share Jesus' teaching and were surprised to find that the Holy Spirit had equipped them in ways they had yet to realize.

In Jewish tradition, the timing of Pentecost aligns with Shavuot. People would have been gathering in Jerusalem for Shavuot, one of three pilgrimage festivals that continues today. Shavuot is a harvest festival and a recollection of the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

As we celebrate Pentecost, we do well to recall its origin.  God has a remarkable sense of timing. As we embrace the command of God, to be known for our love, we too may be surprised by how God works through us.  


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