Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

The Day of Pentecost - May 15, 2016

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Acts 2:1-21

It is now fifty days since the Resurrection. Many pilgrims have come to Jerusalem for the Festival of Weeks. Luke, the author of Acts, tries to describe the coming of the Holy Spirit, but all he can say is what it is like. Divinity, to some extent, is beyond our experience and comprehension.

Genesis 11:1-9

The story of the Tower of Babel explains to ancient people how languages arose. On another level, it tells of human disobedience to God’s command, and God’s punishment of these humans. In the creation story, God ordered people to fill the lands and take possession of them. It takes God’s drastic measures to disperse them into the lands he has given them.

Romans 8:14-17

Paul has told us that Christian living is centred in life in the Spirit rather than on the desires of the flesh, or self-centeredness. People are still subject to suffering, to bearing crosses and affliction, but not to condemnation. Not being condemned, we have hope.

John 14:8-17,(25-27)

The Last Supper is over. Judas Iscariot has left to do his dastardly deed. Jesus now prepares his disciples for his departure. Jesus has told them that the only way to God is through him. By knowing him, followers also know the Father. But Philip does not understand.

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