This week ends the Easter season in the life of the church. While many of us have long since put away our Easter baskets and chocolate bunnies, the church celebrates for 50 days. In this time, the church celebrates the new life offered in Jesus Christ who has conquered death. The season ends as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples as well as the people who happened to be present in the town that day.
The Spirit allowed Peter to speak to everyone in a way that they could understand. The Spirit allowed the people to understand what Peter was saying. Even though this was a multicultural gathering of people who spoke different languages, the Spirit allowed comprehension. One of the first gifts of the Holy Spirit was effective communication. More often than not, we need divine intervention for effective communication. This is a gift that is available to all, but we often try to rely on our own abilities.
Consider the typical behavior when we encounter someone who speaks another language. We speak more slowly and more loudly. Somehow we think that this will bring comprehension to the listener. We do the same thing, at times, with those who disagree with us. We decide that they would agree with us if they understood our point. So we repeat our point. We continue to repeat our point, convinced that the listener was just not paying attention. Instead of these pointless repetitions, we need divine intervention. We need the Spirit to come and flow through both the speaker and the listener. We need new ears for hearing as well as a new voice for speaking.
May the wind of the Holy Spirit come into all of your communications and create more effective communication.