Saturday, May 14, 2005

Reading for the Holy Days: Pentecost Edition

Pentecost has come in with padded cat's feet this year, so quietly I almost missed it.

* There will be Pentecost grid blogging, in which Christians from around the world will be blogging in all sorts of languages. A great idea!

* Pentecost at British Library Images Online

* Celebrating Pentecost at "Friary Notes"

* From 1 Corinthians 12:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
and there are varieties of activities,
but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good....
All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit,
who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
For just as the body is one and has many members,
and all the members of the body, though many, are one body,
so it is with Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--
Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--
and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many....
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing?
If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
But as it is, God arranged the members in the body,
each one of them, as he chose.
If all were a single member, where would the body be?
As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you,"
nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable...

But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
that there may be no division in the body,
but that the members may have the same care for one another.
If one member suffers, all suffer together;
if one member is honored, all rejoice together.


Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it....


As usual, if I come across new things of interest, I'll put them up.

UPDATE:

* Whitsunday, Year A

* Insanity at "Letters to the Pope"

* Martin Luther's Holy Pentecost Sermon at "The Trivium Blog" (HT: Rebecca Writes)

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