6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? (Acts 2:6-7).
Pentecost is one of the great Christian Feasts. This is when we celebrate the Power of the Holy Spirit present in Body (Church) of Christ.
In Israel, Pentecost was a festival of harvest (Exodus 23:16; 35:22). Later on, it was transformed from an agrarian feast to a historical one to commemorate the promulgation of the law of Sinai. On that day, the city of Jerusalem filled up with believers from various places coming to the festival. As we already know, the disciples are fearful, and they are gathered without knowing exactly what to do. The gift of the Holy Spirit will empower them to proclaim the good news to all the peoples who have come to the city (Acts 2:1-11).
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the disciples find the suitable language for the proclamation. Acts 2 provides us with an important detail which contradicts a superficial, though frequent, interpretation. It is not a matter of using only one language but rather of being able to understand one another. The text is clear: the people hear the disciples “speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they ask, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?’” (Acts 2:6-7). They ALL understood in their language, from their own cultural world.
Thus, evangelization does no mean a superimposed uniformity but rather fidelity to the message and to understanding in diversity in functionality. That is the church, a communion in which every member has a function (1 Cor. 12). ALL members count and must, therefore, be respected in their own charisms.
As we come to the pinnacle of our Easter Celebration and welcoming the gift of Pentecost, we’re invited to receive and embrace the Power of the Holy Spirit that is made manifest in the life of the church. The diverse gift that we receive from the Holy Spirit invites and calls us to have the courage to proclaim the gospel and true meaning of ecclesial communion.

In His Service,
Pastor Gideon

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