Sunday, May 31, 2009
Today is Pentecost Sunday in a lot of Christian churches -- the celebration of the birth of the church. According to the writer of "Acts" in the New Testament, it was on Pentecost that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus' disciples and they began to preach the "good news" of salvation through Jesus. Many of those in the audience believed what the disciples were saying, and suddenly, Peter and the other disciples had a church on their hands.
This is how massive human endeavors start -- with a small group of true believers. As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Big isn't always better, though, so it's important we keep ourselves open to our own pentecosts -- those moments when all boundaries disappear and we discover the Tao within all.