Monday: Reflection on Pentecost


Hebrew Scripture Lesson from the Minor Prophets: Joel 2:18-29

Then the Lord became jealous for his land,
 and had pity on his people.
In response to his people the Lord said:
 I am sending you grain, wine, and oil
 and you will be satisfied;
and I will no more make you
 a mockery among the nations.

I will remove the northern army far from you,
 and drive it into a parched and desolate land,
its front into the eastern sea,
 and its rear into the western sea;
its stench and foul smell will rise up.
 Surely he has done great things!

Do not fear, O soil;
 be glad and rejoice,
 for the Lord has done great things!
Do not fear, you animals of the field,
 for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
the tree bears its fruit,
 the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

O children of Zion, be glad
 and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
 he has poured down for you abundant rain,
 the early and the later rain, as before.
The threshing floors shall be full of grain,
  he vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

I will repay you for the years
 that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
 my great army, which I sent against you.

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
 and praise the name of the Lord your God,
 who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.
You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
 and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Then afterward
 I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
 your old men shall dream dreams,
 and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female slaves,
 in those days, I will pour out my spirit.

(This passage is quoted in part in Acts 2:17-21 and James 5:7)

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
 In wisdom you have made them all;
 the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
 creeping things innumerable are there,
 living things both small and great.
There go the ships,
 and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

These all look to you
 to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up;
 when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
 when you take away their breath, they die
 and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
 and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
 may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
 who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
 I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
 for I rejoice in the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

To one is given through the Spirit
 the utterance of wisdom,
and to another the utterance of knowledge
 according to the same Spirit,
to another faith
 by the same Spirit,
to another gifts of healing
 by the one Spirit,
to another the working of miracles,
to another prophecy,
to another the discernment of spirits,
to another various kinds of tongues,
to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.


Year B Pentecost Monday

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: The Holy Spirit as a Dove by Pixabay user Schmidsi, via Pixabay. This is a public domain image.

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