This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples and filled them with so much power it was like they were on fire! They couldn’t help it, they had to tell others about how they were changed. And they spoke in a way that those who were listening, even if they spoke another language, could understand them. That day, it’s said that about 3000 people were baptized. Wow! And that’s how the early church began. Our church has celebrated this day by wearing red or other fire like colors on Pentecost.
This weekend also happens to be gun violence awareness weekend dubbed #wearorange. I think it’s fitting that these two events fall on the same weekend. Not only are the colors the bright colors of fire, but those who stand up against gun violence are filled with that holy power to speak and be a witness to others. We need now, more than ever, to speak in ways that others can hear and understand.
So, this Sunday, wear red! Or wear orange! And come celebrate the day that set the church in motion. May we continue to be a force that works for good.