SECOND READING Acts 2:1–21
1When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one
place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty
rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on
each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and
began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from
every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came
together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing
them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and
astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia,
Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from
Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear
them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12And
all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does
this mean?” 13But others mocking said, “They are filled with new
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and
addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let
this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15For these men
are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the
day. 16But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent
21And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the
name of the Lord shall be saved.’”
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.