Day of Pentecost, Year C

Inspired by Acts 2:1-21

“All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’  But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’  But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them.  ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.  Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.’”  Acts 2:12-15 (NRSV)

A common stereotype of Christian believers is that they are very proper, very reserved, and would never do anything shocking, controversial, or deviant from the normal expectations of society.

A true Christian believer could never adhere to this stereotype.

God himself controversially broke into human history as the incarnate Christ, deviating from all the religious and societal expectations of how a proper deity should act.  Christ was shockingly crucified as a common criminal, and died, and then rose again.  Those who follow him are following someone who isn’t enslaved to rigid codes of conduct or behavior, but rather to proclaiming the radical gospel of God’s grace to all the sinners of the world.

On the Day of Pentecost the apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Those around them mistook the gift of the Spirit for intoxication, and dismissed the apostles as drunkards.  But the apostles weren’t concerned with human approval; they had been called and gifted by the Spirit, and responded to that call.

How might God be calling you to spread his good news?

Let us pray.  Radical God, you are not bound by human ideas of convention and respectability.  Open our hearts to your call, that we may boldly proclaim your gospel in whatever ways you deem appropriate.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.