The “noise, like a strong driving wind” reminds us of Elijah’s experience at the mouth of the cave where he was awaiting the voice and/or presence of God. It was the noise, not the wind which is a comparison, that filled the house. In other words, the noise was the voice of God. The “noise” translates the word for “roar”. Such is the voice of God! To say “roar” might scare people still sitting in 19th century pietism.

Luke emphasizes that “all” were gathered together and “all” received the tongues like fire. The stress on “all” and the naming of “all” the nations and their languages points to the extent of the mission of the church even today, so that the mighty works of God may be known and praised to the ends of the earth. We have a lot of work yet to do!

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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