This weekend is Saturday the 8 and Sunday the 9 June, The Feast of Pentecost.
The community of Taizé sing Tu sei sorgente viva. “You are the living spring. You are fire, you are love. Come, Holy Spirit.”
This weekend’s reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.
Have you ever had the experience of being in a foreign country, or a place where people speak differently, and unexpectedly hearing someone speak your mother tongue, or your local dialect? Can you remember what that felt like? The surprise? The strangely familiar words and cadences? That moment of feeling a little bit “at home”?
Is that, perhaps, one way that God speaks to you? When you feel you are being told something that somehow, and perhaps a little strangely, is not alien, not foreign, but from deep within you, “at home” in you, already in your mouth and in your heart?
And have you ever had the experience of managing to communicate with someone even though you don’t speak their language? By pointing, perhaps, or signing, or by the expression on your face? ....managing to understand each other because there are basic human experiences we all share – and needs, and desires, and hopes – so that we easily recognise them in others?
The Pentecost scene described here is a vivid and colourful one – tongues of fire, a powerful wind... As the passage is read again, how does the scene play out in your mind’s eye? What did it all look like, and sound like?
Our day-to-day lives, on the whole, are probably a little less spectacular than that dramatic scene, but the Holy Spirit is no less present to us now than it was to them, then. There may not be tongues of flame and the sound of a powerful wind, but God’s Spirit is present here now, present in this place, present within you, because you are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Knowing that God’s Spirit is with you right now, what do you want to say to him?