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Joel was a prophet. Around 900 years before the birth of Jesus, he wrote: "It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke."

Images relating to the Holy Spirit (click image to enlarge).

Read Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 10:34-48. One feature of the coming of the Holy Spirit is that people are able to speak in languages other than their own. The first reading reminds us of how God put different languages into the people of the world: when the Holy Spirit first came upon the apostles, He enabled them to speak in other languages so that all who were present understood what was being said. The second reading today tells of another occasion when the Holy Spirit poured upon those who were hearing the word of God spoken in power.

Blessed are you, creator God,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As your Spirit moved over the face of the waters
bringing light and life to your creation,
pour out your Spirit on us today
that we may walk as children of light
and by your grace reveal your presence.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Daily readings for this week:
Monday Luke 1. 39-49
Tuesday Mark 12. 13-17
Wednesday Mark 12. 18-27
Thursday Mark 12. 28-34
Friday Mark 12. 35-37
Saturday Mark 12. 38-end