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June 8 2014 Pentecost: Road of Riches

The readings for Sunday, June 8 that will be used in worship are Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39.  The reading from Acts is about the Pentecost experience with wind and tongues of flame and the gift of speaking many different languages.  The reading from John is set in the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, one of the biggest parties of the year that lasts for close to a week.  Even though he knew the religious leaders were out to get him killed, he ventures up to Jerusalem for the feast where he preached and healed and made people ask many kinds of questions.  At the climax of the feast, he took a stand in the Temple, the heart of the territory of the religious leaders. He claimed in this reading that those who believe him and believe in him will produce rivers of living water.

Believing Jesus was/is a bridge to the Source of Being, and trusting him opens the door to people experiencing incredible gifts.   A life lived with these gifts might not be materially wealthy, though they can be, is full of better riches than wealth or fame or power.  These riches of the spirit and mind bring joy to deserts of despair, confidence and hope to the land of self-doubt, purpose in the midst of chaos.

I hope your experience of the divine brings the riches into your life that moths can’t destroy or thieves steal away.

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