Nowadays, public surveys are popular.
People want to be informed about popular opinions about this or that topic.
An unusual event, especially, will prompt reporters to analyze and publish detailed information about such happening.
The first reading of today’s feast (Acts 2:1-11) is interesting in that respect –
it is a little as if we were given a report about precisely an unusual event.
We are told in much detail about what has been happening.
“A sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven;
what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of the apostles;
they began to speak in other tongues.”
“A crowd came together in bewilderment…”
The listeners listening represented no less than 15 nations!
Not surprisingly, the text says:
“They were utterly amazed.”
Another translation of the text adds that people were marveling at what they saw happening.
And now, fast forward to… our own 21st century…
And… three questions come to my mind:
Are we still bewildered by God’s coming to our world?
Are we amazed at what he does in our own situation?
And… do we still marvel at the wonders he works in our days?
I am personally convinced that
- God is still present.
- God still works among us.
- God still realizes wonderful things for us.
Perhaps it is a question of asking God’s Spirit to give us the perception, the vision of this permanent REALITY.
Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-de-la-pentecote-annee-a-2020/
Source: Image: Aleteia