In this episode, we consider the readings for the Day of Pentecost (or Whitsunday), Year A in the Lectionary cycle: Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 104:25-37; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21; John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39.
We tackle all the reading choices for Pentecost! We consider Jesus' breathing on the disciples & giving them His Spirit and the authority to forgive or retain forgiveness as well as His invitation for the thirsty to come to Him. We discuss Paul's teaching about the way the Holy Spirit gifts the body and unifies them in purpose. We linger with the Psalm and the playful descriptions of creation. And we read the account of the Spirit falling on the 70 elders in the wilderness, including the two who stayed home that day. And we conclude, of course, with a look at Acts 2 and the events of Pentecost Day.
**Correction: we mention in passing that Pentecost is linked with Sukkot, or the Feast of Booths—one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals. This is incorrect. Pentecost occurs when people were making pilgrimage to celebrate Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks.**
--Metrical Collect for Whit-Sunday
--Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up With Your Teenager, by: Eugene Peterson
--Ascension Day is traditionally always on a Thursday, the fortieth day after the resurrection, though many churches will celebrate it on the Sunday following.
--We recommended Dcn. Jeremiah Webster's recent book Follow the Devil/Follow the Light a few episodes ago, and Goodreads is running a giveaway for it through June 15
The Bible Project
--Bible Project's video overview of Acts
--Bible Project's video overview of Pentecost
--Bible Project's video overview of Joel
--Bible Project discussion of the ascension of Jesus
6:52 John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39
29:00 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
45:44 Psalm 104:25-37
Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.