Pentecost, Poverty and New Possibilities

Today the Western Church celebrates Pentecost (Eastern Pentecost follows next week).
I try to mark this important church celebration, by reblogging this text that connects Pentecost to the Christian responsibility towards the poor.

R & J [Hayes]

So my Dad passed along some excellent thoughts recently that have dovetailed nicely with some things that we have seen while working here in Nairobi.

Pentecpstspiritumsanctam Ethiopian icon – ‘Pentecost’

Dad mentioned that we know in some way that Peter (in Acts 2) was quite convinced that what had just happened (Pentecost) was in
some way a fulfillment of Joel 2:28 which says:

And afterward,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your old men will dream dreams,

your young men will see visions.

Of course this is usually thought of in connection with spiritual or apocalyptic visions of sorts, which is fine, but Dad made the connection that part of the incoming of the Kingdom of God resides in the striking ability of both men and women to dream & envision what God can do through them as well as…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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