On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the followers of Jesus Christ and their lives were turned upside down. The Holy Spirit, whose influence was compared to the renewing and revitalising force of wind and fire, disrupted the lives of ordinary men and women and emboldened them to go out of their own comfort zones to point to a Good News which comforted the disturbed and disturbed the comfortable. They spoke about God’s love and forgiveness. They brought healing and reconciliation. They showed a particular concern for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable. They challenged conventional wisdom. Difficult as it sometimes was, they were willing to be surprised and proved wrong, especially by those outside their circle.
As today’s followers of Jesus Christ, the Church, we can discover whether we are being faithful to Jesus Christ by checking whether we allow the Spirit to influence our lives in a similar way to his first followers. Do we speak about and witness to God’s love and forgiveness? Are we willing to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable? Do we play our part in bringing healing and reconciliation, within ourselves, in relationships close to us and on the national and international scenes? Do we show a concern for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable in our communities and world? Are we willing to challenge conventional wisdom and current, popular thinking when the need arises? Are we willing to be surprised and proved wrong, especially by those outside of the Church?
The Holy Spirit, the God of Surprises, encourages and emboldens the followers of Jesus Christ to renew and revitalise the Church and the World in these ways.