The good news for the day, June 3, 2017
On the evening of that first day of the week—the doors were locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews—Jesus came, was standing among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” After he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the One in Charge. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive—they are forgiven them, and whose sins you master are overcome.” (John 20)
The power of Pentecost is the Surprise—the “Wow”—you don’t see it coming—this Waft of Wings that sheds power, this tornado of potency to forgive or overcome, and this surprising goodness that you want to share, this flood of fire that warms, forgives, understands, grows and—yes—finds peace.
The living Jesus is your breath—like CPR—of a new life, of the re-start in a fresh way after a death of the old life. Peter, once afraid in the courtyard, and denying Jesus—now shares what happens—you “convert”—you change your spirit, you wake up to Really Living. Jesus breathes into you…accept it! He is constantly giving you CPR.
Pentecost is the discovery of the Law beyond the Law, the meanings and joys of living the way you oughta be living. It is the presence of the Truth beyond the passing truths. It is the peace that comes when—surprise!—you forgive someone and ask forgiveness, when you regret your stupidity, arrogance, and other unknown failures, slips and sins.
Pentecost is time to start afresh. To take courage, to choose to do some kindness, some out-of-the-box love for someone. That Call is Your Good News.