On Sunday we celebrated the Day of Pentecost. Each year we pick up a different aspect of this many-sided holy day. On Sunday we heard the traditional Pentecost story from the Book of Acts, but focused our attention on the gospel lesson from John 16 – a reading most commonly associated with the evening of the Day of Resurrection.
When I hear this lesson on Easter Sunday I always think, “This sure sounds like a Pentecost story.” Indeed this is a Pentecost story – maybe even could be read as the disciples’ coming together after the Pentecost Event for fellowship and reflection. Not only does Jesus breathe on them and grant them peace, he offers instruction about forgiveness and then sends them out in His name
This is a rich reading of John’s Gospel. I love the Pentecostal emphasis here – and our charge to be a forgiving people in a brutally harsh, unforgiving world.