We began our worship welcoming Jesus with hosannas; the very embodiment of our hopes. We will end with his lonely, horrific death, a criminal executed by the state. In years past we may have wondered how things could have turned so quickly, from hero to pariah in a week. By now, most of us likely have no problem imagining how life’s changes could come so swiftly; how quickly we could become isolated and cut-off.
Pentecost isn’t just something that happened to a faraway people a long time ago, it is an unfolding event that is happening to us all the time.
Jesus’ suffering and death was his own choice, but even he hoped not to make it. What could possibly compel such a choice?
St Peter reminds us that the wait for Christ isn’t meant to be passively endured. The choice for Christ calls forth an effort on our part to live in the coming age here and now, manifesting the reign of God in our lives.