Readings for The Day of Pentecost

John 7:37-39; Acts 2:1-21; Numbers 11:24-30

What’s your go-to beverage when you’re feeling thirsty? We have lots of options to choose from – soda, juice, ice tea, etc. But nothing refreshes and restores us like the original thirst-quencher:  water.

And to all those who have a spiritual thirst for forgiveness and peace and the assurance of eternal life there is only answer – Jesus. In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus invites all who are thirsty to put their trust in him. The Holy Spirit delivers the gifts of Jesus to us every day, like a well of living water that never runs dry (Jn 7).

The reading from Acts describes the Pentecost miracle. On that day, God kept a promise He’d made long ago to pour out the Holy Spirit on all believers – male and female, young and old, rich and poor. Filled with the Spirit, we are empowered to share the saving good news of Jesus with our neighbors (Acts 2).

The Old Testament reading continues the Gospel theme of refreshment. God comes to the aid of an exhausted Moses by given the Holy Spirit to 70 elders who will help Moses as ministers (Num 11).