I recall being at the Monastery of Sambata de Sus Monastery in Romania and concelebrating at a Holy Liturgy with seven other priests. Even though I do not speak the language, except for a few words, I understood the whole of the Liturgy and felt a unity in the Holy Spirit; it was as if I was hearing the Holy Eucharist in my own language. I can truly say that experience was not unique, I have felt that same mystical knowledge and full participation of worship in Greece. Our Parish itself is a little Pentecost composed of people from all over the world. The whole experience of worship is permeated with the Holy Spirit’s presence whose gifts and fruits we enjoy.
1 John 4:16
….. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
This is The Holy Spirit’s gift and His language is love.
Deconstructing the tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
“Let’s scale the heights and take the lights
of the firmament.
We’ll call the tune and pocket the moon.
Come on! let’s grab the Sun and that being done
We will be called great!
Let’s create another state by
Storming heaven’s gate and gain control.”
From below…the bright “hello”
Led to a sad “goodbye.”
The smile became a rueful sigh.
And people asking why?
And who are you?
What did you say?
That once friendly question where
is met by a beleaguered stare!
From nostalgic then to…. tell us when?
The change from common sense
to non-sense came because of man.
What was his plan?
To build a tower and to steal God’s power!
Much later in an upper room,
Diners seated round a table
Take bread and wine,
And as they are able
De-construct the tower of Babel.
God initiates a conversation
His language: love, for every nation.
And from above that which was lost
Is found, and invested with a Pentecost!
A soldier asked Abba Mios if God accepted repentance. After the old man had taught him many things, he said, “Tell me, my dear, if your cloak is torn, do you throw it away?” He replied, “No, I mend it and use it again.” The old man said to him, “If you are so careful about your cloak, will not God be equally careful about his creature?”