Our scripture this week is Acts 2:1-21.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
One of the marvelous things Jesus did was to gather a group of ordinary people to be His closest followers. He didn’t choose celebrities, powerful government officials or military heroes, all were relatively unknown. However, when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were able to speak in the various languages of all those assembled in Jerusalem for the festival.
People were amazed at this – “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?” (v. 7). The crowd supposed that due to the disciples’ background it was unlikely they were well educated and well travelled. In this case, their lack of sophistication and social standing made the gift of the Holy Spirit even more amazing, and that was God’s plan all along.
God can use any person to fulfill His purpose, no matter what their profession or position. The only characteristic God cares about is our faith and love. The gifts of the spirit are given to all, and all are called to share those gifts.
Loving Lord, let us be responsive and responsible disciples, ready to go into the world to share the Good News. May we use the gifts You have given well for the benefit of all creation. Amen.