Monday, May 17, 2010

APPROACHING PENTECOST

Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday: How will you approach it?

Imagine the sense of things among Jesus' beleaguered followers in the week leading up to the annual celebration of Pentecost in Jerusalem all those years ago   (suggested reading: Acts 1-2)...

 

Out of sheer obedience and
with more than a little
anxiety they gather
in an upper room,
their journey at a
crossroads.

The Teacher gone, would
his future be up to
the likes of them--
deserters, deniers, clamorers for
privileged places?

Guilt and anxiety pervade their
sacred assembly;
they can hardly believe it
comes down to them,
down to this.

Perhaps for not being able to bear
looking squarely at each other,
they bow in prayer.
Only then do they begin
to see.

Whatever it holds,
whatever it promises,
Pentecost can only be approached
on our knees.
The future, the vision,
the power, the passion
cannot otherwise
be known.


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