In our New Testament class today, Keith Dyer was talking about how often our liturgical calendar, which was developed in the Northern Hemisphere, makes no sense here in the Southern Hemisphere. We’re coming up to Pentecost at the moment, when we remember the arrival of the Holy Spirit, and people from all over the world hearing the gospel in their own languages (Acts 2:1-13). In the Northern Hemisphere it makes sense to observe Pentecost at this time of year, because it’s the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer – it’s getting warm, there are flowers blooming everywhere and it’s a good time for a celebration! But here it’s the beginning of Winter and it’s getting cold and dark and miserable.
Keith suggested that we need to work out how to make holidays like Pentecost fit with our seasons. He mentioned that here in the lands of the Kulin nations, Pentecost falls during Waring, the seaon when the male buln buln (lyre bird) perform their courtship displays which involve imitating the sounds of lots of other species of bird.
Just as the Holy Spirit allowed everyone to hear the gospel in their own language, the buln buln sings in the languages of all different kinds of birds!