Meditation on Acts 2:1-11, The Day of Pentecost

Pentecost Selfie, Paper Cutout, Phillip Schwartz


When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”

The Trinity is made up of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but how do we relate to The Holy Spirit? How do we become aware of The Holy Spirit’s action in our own lives and in the world around us? The short answer I suppose might be, pay attention.

Philip Schwartz



One thought on “Meditation on Acts 2:1-11, The Day of Pentecost

  1. Dear Phillip,

    I went on line to find out if today is indeed Pentecost and found your reflection. What a good way to connect to the Holy Spirit! Paying attention is not easy when there is so much to distract us in this chaotic time.

    Yours in following Jesus,




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