Maybe you’ve seen those little mints wrapped in bible verses. They’re called Testamints or Commandmints. I saw some at a bookstore a couple of weeks ago. Little packages of mints, sugar free gum, and after dinner mints – all with helpful reminders from scripture. The point is obviously to freshen breath – but maybe there’s something more to it than just having a minty fresh mouth.
Pentecost is the 50th day after Passover, and for Christians, marks the recognized “birth” of the church. In the early first century, Pentecost was a festival remembering the gift of the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Hebrew bible, also called the Torah. So in many ways, Pentecost Sunday is kind of like a breath mint for the church.