How well do we know the Pentecost story? Fifty days after Easter, the believers were all together in one place. In only fifty days they had grown, now ten times the number of the first called “the twelve.” Surprise! The Holy Spirit filled that place, touched each with Spirit and fire and – speech!
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 the astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? (Acts 2:5-7)
Who but the Holy Spirit could communicate like that? Thanks be to God, that is what took place. What would it mean for the people of God to take seriously such a coming together of “every nation under heaven?” As Wesleyans, we share in Mr. Wesley’s remarkable ecumenical and interfaith reach. How can we locate ourselves in such an “every nation” moment?
The challenge is to extend the “Pentecost moment” to the Season After Pentecost, aka “ordinary time.” That sounds rather mundane, doesn’t it? Far from it! In this season, we learn the ways of discipleship, of following Jesus, not just the idea of Jesus. For WesleyMen, that can mean taking Jesus at his word to bring “good news to the poor,” “release to the captives,” “liberty for the oppressed.”
How? Our strategy is food. Those who are hungry are in poverty, held captive in the oppression of hunger. We can help set them free! How can we do it? We are doing it — one meal at a time for a person at a time. Through WesleyMen’s “FastPrayGive” (FastPrayGive.org), we share $2.00 (USD) per week, enough to provide a meal a day through our partners at Rise Against Hunger. Led by men, it is a call to men, women, youth and children to step forward.