3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Just like the wind yesterday, fire is also highly symbolic. Remember the pillar of fire in Exodus, a manifestation of the Spirit who led God’s People through the wilderness, keeping them safe and warm on the way? Here, that same fire descends on each of them, their own personal Guide. Note that although they each have their own tongue of fire, these flames have the same common source which they have separated from. The Spirit not only guides us, but also unites us.
Spirit, may your energy set us aflame for God, guiding us and uniting us in his will as we follow Jesus today.