ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
And suddenly out of the sky came a sound like a strong rushing wind
and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
There appeared tongues as if of fire parted and came to rest upon each one of them.
All were filled with Holy Spirit and began to speak other languages,
as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Staying in Jerusalem were religious Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound,
a crowd gathered,
all excited because each heard them speaking in his own language.
Full of amazement and wonder,
“Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
How is it that we hear them in our own native language?
Here are Parthians, Medes and Elamites
and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene,
and visitors from Rome, both Jews and foreigners who accept Jewish beliefs,
Cretians and Arabians;
and all of us hear them proclaiming in our own language what God, the Saviour, does.
They were amazed and greatly confused,
and they kept asking one another,
“What does this mean?”
But others laughed and said,
“These people are drunk.”
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and,
with a loud voice, addressed them,
“Fellow Jews and all foreigners now staying in Jerusalem,
listen to what I have to say.
These people are not drunk as you suppose,
for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
Indeed what the prophet Joel spoke about has happened:
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on every mortal.
Your sons and daughters will speak through the Holy Spirit; your young men will see visions and your old men will have dream.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants, both men and women, and they will be prophets.
I will perform miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below.
The sun will be darkened and the moon will turn red as blood, before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes.
And then, whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved.
listen to what I am going to tell about Jesus of Nazareth.
God accredited him and through him did powerful deeds and wonders and signs in your midst, as you well know.
You delivered him to sinners to be crucified and killed,
and in this way the purpose of God from all times was fulfilled.
But God raised him to life and released him from the pain of death,
because it was impossible for him to be held in the power of death.
David spoke of him when he said:
I saw the Lord before me at all times; he is by my side, that I may not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced; my body too will live in hope.
Because you will not forsake me in the abode of the dead, nor allow your Holy One to experience corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life, and your presence will fill me with joy.
I don’t need to prove that the patriarch David died and was buried; his tomb is with us to this day.
But he knew that God had sworn to him that one of his descendants would sit upon his throne and, as he was a prophet, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah.
So he said that he would not be left in the region of the dead, nor would his body experience corruption.
This Messiah is Jesus and we are all witnesses that God raised him to life.
He has been exalted at God’s right side and the Father has entrusted the Holy Spirit to him;
Spirit he has just poured upon us as you now see and hear.
And look: David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself said:
The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right side until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.
Let Israel then know for sure that God has made Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified.”
When they heard this, they were deeply troubled.
And they asked Peter and the other apostles,
“What shall we do, brothers?”
“Each of you must repent and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.
Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise of God was made to you and your children, and to all those from afar whom our God may call.”
With many other words Peter gave the message and appealed to them saying,
“Save yourselves from crooked generation.”
So those who accepted his word were baptised; some three thousand persons were added to their number that day.
They were faithful to the teaching of the apostles, the common life of sharing, the breaking of bread and the prayers.
A holy fear came upon all the people, for many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
Now all the believers lived together and shared all their belongings.
They would sell their property and all they had and distribute the proceeds to others according to their need.
Each day they met together in the Temple area;
they broke bread in their homes;
they shared their food with great joy and simplicity of heart; they praised God and won the people’s favour.
And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.