Pentecost is a feast that reminds us that the Gospel reverses the Tower of Babel. The tongues of fire give the apostles the ability to speak other (known and existing) languages and brings people together for the purpose of worshiping and knowing God rather than arguing and fighting over a manner of living that ultimately rejects God’s presence. The Gospel reading reminds us that those of us who have been baptized are filled with the Spirit and that out of our bellies, that is, the core of who we are, are to flow living waters. We are to share the Spirit’s guidance and presence and message (the Gospel of Christ) with those around us.
Each year, during the early part of the summer, we bless vehicles for our parish. This year, rather than doing it on Memorial Day weekend, as I’ve normally done, I decided to do this on Pentecost, asking that we be protected and safe as we travel and go forth out into the world. This picture is from that blessing. Holy water is being sprinkled/sloshed with a horse hair brush, used for blessings.