Men and Women of God

Peace be with you. As the Father sent Me, so I am sending you

John 20:21
Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1,24,29-31,34; I Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

Sermon Week/Year

Pentecost Sunday, A

A ìCharlie Brownî comic strip once appeared in which Charlie asks little Linus what he wants to be when he grows up? Linus replies,

ìOutrageously happy!î

We can understand where little Linus is coming from, but in a world like ours, it is not possible to be outrageously happy all the time.

ìHe has sent Me to bring glad tidings,î Jesus preached in the Synagogue. The ìglad tidings,î the Good News of Jesus Christ, flooded the Apostle Paulís spirit to overflowing. No amount of hardship and suffering could diminish his spirit of Christian joy or deter him from sharing it with others. The story of Paulís immense struggle to spread the glad tidings is nothing less than incredible. And the most incredible part of it is that a man who suffered so much could feel and express so much joy.

In Second Corinthians, Paul recalls some of the things that had happened to him. ìFive times I had the thirty-nine lashesî he tells us. ìThree…

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