Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter: Pentecost Eve

And now we wait. “you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:5   “Not many days from now” is a very fluid, indefinite time.

Jesus gave us a model of waiting; “He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” Lk 2: 51-52. Again, “My hour has not yet come.” Jn 2:4 The hidden life…20 years from age 12-32….a carpenter/builder/mason in a rustic, unimportant village of Nazareth. 7300 days of ordinary life when he knew in his heart: “I must be in my Father’s house?”

The disciples, Apostles and Mary have waited 9 days thus far, “devoting themselves to prayer,” “continually in the temple praising God.”

On the 40th day, reminding us of the year the Jews finally past into the promised land, Jesus ascended into the true promised land, the first born from the dead. Now we approach the 50th day, the day the Lord declared holy: “Then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD.” Lev 23:16. The harvest of the Kingdom has begun. The first grain offerings, the 120 gathered in the upper room, is ripe and ready to be an acceptable sacrifice to the Lord. And the world had descended on Jerusalem for the feast, and 3000 of them were ready for the harvest. Acts 2:41 And each one shall heard them speaking, God’s Call, in his own language. Acts 2:6,8

All this when the Hour of the Church has come! And the Church shall burst forth, never to be hidden again…the Treasure is found, the Pearl is opened. Mt 13:44-45

But today, an echo of Holy Saturday, we wait in silent expectation, even without breathing, in hopes of hearing His coming. Patience. “A thousand years in your eyes are merely a day gone by.” Ps 90:4. The clock has changed, we are all operating on God’s time now….Amen. Alleluia.

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