(RNS) — On Sunday (May 31), many Christians marked the Day of Pentecost, when they believe the Holy Spirit descended on followers of Jesus after his death, resurrection and ascension.
In the biblical account of Pentecost, there was a “blowing of a violent wind” and “tongues of fire that separated and came to rest” on Jesus’ followers. When they spoke, others who had gathered from around the world were able to understand them in their own languages.
Some Christians pointed out a resonance with Pentecost in the protests that unfolded across the United States this weekend, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Clergy around the country drew connections between the flames of Pentecost and the flames present at many of the