The part of Canada that I live in is pretty flat. As I look out across the land, the horizon is quite a distance away. Mostly, that horizon will always be just more flat prairie along the way, but every so often, there is a surprise, like the deep valley where the Saskatchewan River winds through.
This scripture is a pretty familiar horizon, the story of Pentecost. We know this story; the wind, the tongues of fire, the many languages, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Something surprised me in this story as I read it this time. The followers of Christ have reached a point of surprise on their horizon. Christ is gone,and they are left to carry on alone. Peter creatively quotes from the prophet Joel and paints a new horizon for the followers of Christ. This new horizon includes the young, the old, sons and daughters, servants, men and women, and they will prophesy by the power of the Spirit.
I cannot recall a time when the church has not been struggling with a surprise on our horizon. Medical Assistance in Dying is the latest surprise on our horizon. Could we stand together in a Pentecost moment and allow the Spirit to blow in us?
Come, Holy Spirit, come! Amen. — LH