Sixth Sunday of Easter
Each one of us sees the world differently. Our experience, expertise, and knowledge can sometimes sharpen what we notice about the world around us. For example, when I taste a bland dish for the first time, I might say, “This needs something, but I don’t know what.” Yet a culinary expert, with his or her advanced training and experience, could identify the exact ingredients to add to make the dish better. Musicians could hear patterns in music that I, an untrained ear, would never hear. Carpenters could see flaws in the construction of my house that I would never see. Astronomers could identify constellations and other details in the sky I could never identify. Artists could recognize a quality work of art by characteristics I’ve never heard of. With experience, expertise, and knowledge, certain people can notice details in the world that others might not.
Jesus says that his disciples will be able to notice the Holy Spirit in the world when others might not. As disciples of Christ today, have we noticed the Holy Spirit at work when others have not? What knowledge have we gained to help us recognize the Holy Spirit? What have we experienced of the Holy Spirit that we can share? Do we recognize that we may have expertise in seeing the Holy Spirit? What can we do to become even better “Spirit watchers” in the world?
Just as musicians, astronomers, and other gifted people find and share the details of the world that others might miss, may we share our gift and not let the work of the Holy Spirit go unnoticed in our world.
Dan Miller, pastor, Edgeboro Moravian Church