PENTECOST – EPISTLE: Acts 2:1-7, 11b-18, 21

On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place.  2Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind!  It filled the house where they were meeting.  3Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came out and settled on each person there.  4The Holy Spirit took control of every-one, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.  5Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem.  6And when they heard this noise, a crowd gath-ered.  But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages.  7They were excited and amazed, and said:  “Don’t all these who are speaking come from Galilee?  11bYet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done.”  12Everyone was excited and confused.  Some kept asking each other, “What does all this mean?”  13Others made fun of the Lord’s followers and said, “They are drunk.”  14Peter stood with the eleven apostles and spoke in a loud and clear voice to the crowd:  “Friends and everyone else living in Jerusalem, listen carefully to what I have to say!  15You are wrong to think that these people are drunk.  After all, it is only nine o’clock in the morning.  16But this is what God had the prophet Joel say, 17When the last days come, I will give my Spirit to everyone.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy.  Your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams.  18In those days I will give my Spirit to my servants, both men and women, and they will prophesy.  21Then the Lord will save every-one who asks for his help.”