Breathing as One
John 14:8-17 [25-27]
8Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but it is the Father who dwells in me who does these works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees nor knows that Spirit. You know that Spirit, because that Spirit abides with you, and will be in you. [
25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”]
Because this is what happens when we breath together – when we let our hearts burn with a sense of God’s justice and mercy, we collectively exhale the very voice of God so that each might hear the words that lead to life. I am so thankful that this community of faith is paying attention to the ways the Spirit is moving among us. For the ways we have shifted to embrace this new religious landscape – to discover the way the Spirit is equipping us with a new voice for a new generation. Pentecost is something that happens everyday, every time we inhale God’s love, strength and passion, we are filled with the very presence of God. Then we exhale these gifts in service to inspire and renew this weary world. Because when we recognize the moving of the Spirit in this way, we discover that we become the very embodiment of the church. God doesn’t want us to go to church, the Spirit invites us on Pentecost to be the church – with a renewed voice, one that we can only do together. Amen.