Homily by Senior Pastor Mason Beecroft, 03/16/2010
Our Lenten meditations have focused on aspects of the Creed and their connection with the Church Calendar and life in the Church.
And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
I am not sure there could be a more appropriate text for tonight’s meditation. While our Lenten meditations direct us to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the rest of Tulsa is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a most holy fashion. Well, not really. Tonight, the streets downtown are filled with people “wearing the green” with silly hats and beads. And these party people are themselves filled with new wine, or Guinness, or Irish Whiskey, all in honor of St. Patrick. Of course most of them know nothing, if anything at all, about the real St. Patrick. I highly doubt that such revelry is the sort of honor that St. Patrick would appreciate as he was a devout Christian and a zealous missionary by the outpoured grace of the Holy Spirit.