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Day of Pentecost
Acts 2.1-21
Romans 8.22-27
John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15

It is one of the striking features of the New Testament that Luke, Paul and John, so very different as writers and theologians, sing in rich harmony when it comes to the Spirit.

At the heart of the music is the sense of uncontainable newness. The sneering reaction on the day of Pentecost wasn’t too silly: in a sense the disciples were filled with new wine, and the old wineskins were showing signs of splitting. Or, in Pauline language, the groaning of all creation was now located within the believers themselves, so that the tension between the old world and the new had become an inner tension within the Christian, longing for the resurrection body which would give appropriate physical expression to the astonishing new energy welling up within...

Taken from Twelve Months of Sundays Year B by N T Wright


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