Ancient Wisdom: May 4, 2014 (Year A)

Read: Acts 2:14, 36-41

Meditation:  “Where It Begins”

There may have been a million people in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.  As the story reveals (2:7-11), people from all over the world were there.  And when Peter finished his sermon, upwards of 3,000 were moved to respond.

But notice that the response was a question, “What should we do?”  Coming from backgrounds that likely included  Judaism, other religions, and no religion–it only stood to reason that their first response was a question.

And we need to understand that this is still the way most begin their journey.  We err when we want to get people to “believe” too soon.  They are not ready to believe.  Believe what?  Believe how?  Questions.

We should read today’s lesson asking ourselves where and how we make room for the questions.  Because for most, this is “square one.” 

If we had more time, we could go into the two things Peter told them to do (“repent and be baptized”), but for today, it is enough to consider how we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in acknowledging that folks cross into faith over the bridge of questions.  Do we have this bridge in our church?

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Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books.
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