“THE DAY OF PENTECOST 2013”
Saint John 14. 23-31
WHITSUNDAY—The Feast of Pentecost: 19 May Anno Domini 2013
Fr. J.W. Watson SSP
In The Name + Jesus
If a man loves Jesus he will keep His words. What are His words? He is the Word made flesh. Yes keep the Decalogue! Yes love God above all things. Love God with your time, money, effort, and prayers more than your hobbies, interests, addictions, and playthings. Love your neighbor with self-sacrificial love and not just your spouse, children, and parents. But if you love Jesus it means you have faith in Him and that you believe in Him. If you have Jesus The Word inside of you, you will be connected to His words, wills, and desires as well. You will also listen attentively to His preaching and teaching like Saint Mary of Bethany did. If you love Jesus you will confess Him with your body as well as your mind and heart. If you trust in Jesus, love Him, you will receive His gifts the way that He chooses to give them to you. You will attend His corporate Divine Services and you will believe He places into your mouths His Body and Blood. The Father loves you this way, that His Son Who has Him for Father is placed into your ears and body so that you too have Him as Father. You pray the “Our Father” right before the Holy Consecration of the elements.
So yes, you keep His sayings but this doesn’t mean that you perfectly obey and do…for you don’t. Rather keeping His sayings means that you continue to believe “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” It means that you make the sign of the + Cross and receive the Eucharist in faith, by faith, through faith, repent, are re-invigorated, and resolve to continue the fight.
As the Holy Ghost inspired and guaranteed the Apostles and Evangelists to preach, teach, and record correctly the person and work of Christ the God/Man, so too the same Spirit inspires you to believe, teach, and confess their witness, and Christ’s miraculous works today through Holy Baptism, Absolution, and Supper.
The Lord leaves you Peace by leaving you Himself. The Peace that passes understanding is His balm of soothing absolution in His evangel, yes, and His Peace is His bodily presence in the Feast of Peace. Deny Jesus’ words and you call Him a liar. Deny Jesus’ Sacramental last will and testament and you call Him a liar. If you focus upon sectarian fantasies of Pentecostal “gifts and powers” rather than on The Word of God in Scripture and the Word of God in the appointed Sacraments, and you call Him a liar. If you think God works outside the “means of Grace” you call God a liar. REPENT!
The Day of Pentecost has arrived and you are all in one accord: One Faith, One Hope, One Lord, One Baptism, and One Confession of the Word, HERE—in this place!
The sound of a mighty rushing wind fills this house at this very moment. It is the sound of the Paraclete comforting you through the wind of the voice from Christ’s under-shepherd. The tongues of fire flicker on your head NOW even as they ever have since the day of your death + and re-birth! You are filled with the new tongues and language of love and forgiveness; of confession of sins and confession of truth! Your lips have been opened by Christ and you sing His praises! Overland Parkers, and Olathians, and Shawnee-ites, and the dwellers in Lawrence and Leavenworth, and in Lenexa and the Plaza, you do hear now the wonderful works of God. Your disobedience has been satisfied and completed by Jesus’ obedience; your sins have been punished by Christ’s substitutionary punishment and death.
You hear the wonder that you are home, that you have a family, that you have a tender Redeemer Who wipes away your tears and feeds you and clothes you and Who will never, ever leave you comfortless. The Paraclete anchors you in Christ’s Words and Wounds and you have blessed assurance. You are filled with this Spirit and now you will be filled again, not with new wine, but with the wine that is the Eternal and Life-Giving Blood of Jesus.
In The Name of The Father and of + The Son and of The Holy Ghost