Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012 – Micah 6:8 – Loving, Just and Wise
You have been told what is good . . .
Yet we endlessly seek the opinion of others about what we are to do and say.
This is what the Lord requires of you . . .
There is no need to ever be in doubt about what we are to do or what we are to say if we can only place our head and heart into the hands of the Holy Spirit.
Do what is right . . .
When we look for excuses that pardon our actions and words, we know that we are moving in the wrong direction.
Love goodness . . .
When we find ourselves splitting hairs to win arguments, we know that we are loving the darkness.
Walk humbly with God . . .
When our feeling are hurt because we are not noticed enough for our accomplishments, we know that pride is ruling our words and actions.
We reflect with the Saturday MAGNIFICAT Evening Prayer and remember that our strength is always in the Lord.
My strength, make haste to help me!
When silence is more attractive than fidelity to the truth: My strength, make haste to help me!
When approval is more important than perseverance in good: My strength, make haste to help me!
When safety is more appealing that suffering for righteousness’ sake: My strength, make haste to help me!
As we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit in our lives this Pentecost Sunday, let us remember these words from Isaiah 30:20-21: The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst. No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you will see your Teacher, while from behind a voice shall sound in your ears; “This is the way; walk in it,” when you turn to the right or to the left”.
As we celebrate the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit in our hearts this Pentecost Sunday, let us remember these words from Matthew 10:16-20: When they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say for it will not be you speaking but the spirit of your Father speaking through you, Mark 13:11: When you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking but the Holy Spirit.
If when we ponder what is loving, what is just and what is wise, we come up with no answers, we have only to turn ourselves over and to open ourselves up to the Spirit, for it is in this Spirit that we find our God. It is in this Spirit that we find ourselves. It is in this Spirit that we will know what to say and what to do.
It is the same Spirit that comes to abide with us that we hear about today . . . on this Pentecost Sunday.
Cameron, Peter John. “Prayer for the Evening.” MAGNIFICAT. 3.23 (2010). Print.
Written on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2012 and posted today as a Favorite.