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Thoughts on Pentecost

May 20, 2010

From Isaac S. Villegas (see article here):

“To believe in Pentecost is to believe that heaven has come, that Jesus is here, that the Spirit is on the move. And this kind of belief is not something you decide to do in your head. There’s a lot of Christianity out there that insists that faith is all about a conviction you have in your head, a decision you make in your mind—that God exists or that Jesus saved us. It’s all theoretical and rational—a faith for intellectuals. But Pentecost shows us that Christian belief and spirituality happen to your whole body. Your mind follows your feet. Decisions come after something happens to your life. A new consciousness comes when you have to figure out what to do with the mess of people all around you and the concrete responsibilities of mutual care: feeding people, praying for needs, sticking around when some folks start getting annoying, or sticking around when the excitement wears off and life gets boring, mundane, ordinary. All that is what it means to have faith.”

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