Festival of Pentecost

Today's Reading: John 14:23-31

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 21:10-35; Luke 21:20-38

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When you're staring at that blank page of your history test, racking your brain for right answers on your AP math quiz, or just trying to remember the name of that one guy in that one movie that you really loved--wouldn't it be great to have total recall and remember all things? That kind of gift would be pretty awesome.

However, our Lord hasn't promised us a perfect or photographic memory. But He has promised to give His disciples, and us, a far greater gift: the Holy Spirit. We confess our faith in the Holy Spirit as we confess the words of the Nicene Creed, "who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified."

This is the same Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent on Pentecost to fill the mouths of His disciples with His Word, the peoples' ears with His promises, and His Church with His presence. This is the same Holy Spirit who carried along the prophets, evangelists, and apostles as they wrote the Holy Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21). And this is the same Holy Spirit poured out upon you at Holy Baptism, where you receive the new birth from above by water and the Spirit (John 3:7).

Jesus sends His disciples the Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance all His words. Jesus sends you the Holy Spirit for the same reason: to speak Jesus' words to you. So when you hear your pastor pronounce Absolution, the Spirit gives you Jesus' forgiveness. When you eat and drink Jesus' Body and Blood, it is the Spirit who proclaims, "This is for you!" In your Baptism, the Spirit daily reminds you that you are a new creation in Christ, baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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