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<< Sunday, May 27, 2007 >> Pentecost
Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13

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Psalm 104
John 20:19-23

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Jesus "breathed on them." —John 20:22

In the beginning, "the Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being" (Gn 2:7). The breath of the Father gives life where previously there was no life.

On His resurrection evening, Jesus "breathed on" His disciples "and said: 'Receive the Holy Spirit' " (Jn 20:22). The breath of Jesus brought the Holy Spirit and peace where previously there was turmoil and fear.

On the day of Pentecost, "suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them" (Acts 2:2-4).

The breath of the Holy Spirit brings every good thing (see Jas 1:17). The Holy Spirit changes what comes out of our mouth. First the Spirit breathes on us, then He breathes through us. God's words are given to us and spoken through us, that is, in the gifts of tongues and prophecy. The Lord's breathings are related. His breath brings life, peace, forgiveness, boldness, miraculous unity, and worldwide renewal (see Ps 104:30). The Spirit is breathing out. We just have to breathe in. It's Pentecost! Take a deep breath and "receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20:22).

Prayer: Holy Spirit, you are Lord of my life (2 Cor 3:17-18). Do whatever You will with me. I love You.
Promise: "To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." —1 Cor 12:7
Praise: Praise Jesus, in Whose Spirit we live and move and have our being!
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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