Thinking of Pentecost Sunday and how God’s Holy Spirit isn’t working to secure our vision of comfort, but to secure God’s vision of what is good—for all of us and each of us. The peace we want comes by trusting the Spirit of God in the midst of the interruption, not from the absence of disorientation, tension, and even conflict the Spirit may create. All of this disorientation, tension and conflict arises from the Spirit’s inclusion of many, and often unexpected ethnicities, cultures, voices, and perspectives of those we’d rather not include. The interruptive Spirit of God is no respecter of comfort levels, schedules, or agendas. We are reminded that God’s Spirit may fit “inside of our hearts,” but not inside of our preferences.
When the Spirit was poured out on Pentecost God interrupted society’s organized world, including the institutions, social classes, and categories of control that organize it. Will the Church follow the way of the Spirit?