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Saturday, May 18, 2013
The First Pentecost: No One Went Hungry or Homeless
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When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4
The early Christians didn't have much as far as material things go, plus their best friend and God was taken away from them by a horrible death. They were left alone, frightened, and confused---at first. They had to bond together and sold what they had to look after each other so that no one ever went hungry or homeless. Pentecost came and God's spirit shook the building, the room they were hiding in, and their souls right to the core of their being. They now had his amazing power to take on the world, preach to anyone in hearing range, heal the sick and cast out demons, and suffer for their beliefs.
Sometimes we get so used to hearing about the Saints and Martyrs that we take it for granted and what we celebrate at church becomes just a ritual, instead of realizing that it is the way, the truth, and the life. [Visiting Italy] looking up the catacombs gave me a much greater and deeper appreciation for my faith and background. Italians were not Catholic because they were born into it, in their family/culture, or were baptized and go to church twice a year. If that were the case, it would have meant nothing to them in their daily lives or at the point of their deaths. It wasn't just about celebrating feast days or something they admired from a distance and then put back on the shelf for next time.
It was worth giving up everything for._______________