Pentecost. Year C
It is Pentecost yet again.
A little history:
The celebration is linked with the Jewish feast of Weeks (Shavuot) celebrated 7 weeks after day two of Passover.
Passover for the Jews celebrates the freeing of the Jews from slavery; Shavuot celebrates their becoming God’s Holy People by the gift and acceptance of the law.
Shavuot was a pilgrimage feast, so Jews and others were present in Jerusalem, even in 33AD.
Pilgrimage is essential to human development and more so for many, it is the way to advance our spiritual lives. We have celebrated our deliverance from sin and death in our Easter. Our race had some time with him as resurrected and now we are not left orphans but have the fullness of the Trinity.
I’m not sure how the new Missionaries are coping with the new China. On the surface I think Francis Xavier would pause. Their difficulties may be a little like ours. As the song said, “How are you going to keep them down on the farm when they have seen Broadway?”
Maybe that is why we have the Spirit.
Maybe we need to allow the Spirit to have its say more often. Come Holy Spirit!