Light a Candle to begin your prayer:
Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of Unity Amen
Read Genesis chapter 11
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, ‘Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They used brick instead of stone, and bitumen for mortar. 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.’
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Reflection on Bible Reading:
Again this is a myth which has a moral to it. Today’s reading is all about another root of sin, human pride.. Sin is where a positive gift from God is distorted into a negative and destructive problem. Today we see in the sin of pride the distortion of self confidence of satisfaction in achievement. But pride is where we distort that achievement and see it as something we have done ourselves and not a gift from God.
We as humans perhaps even more in the last few centuries want to be gods. We are so in awe of our own achievements that we think that we can do it all and know it all. In our everyday lives sometimes pride comes in and isolates us in our own world. We know better than everyone else and if only people would listen to me then everything will be ok. In today’s story all the people go off babbling to themselves, isolated in their own world where nobody listens or understand each other.
The sin of pride causes us to stop listening to others because we know best and we don’t need their help or God’s because we can do it ourselves. The first and most important Christian virtue is humility and that begins with listening to others not babbling off on our own. In order to be humble we must know the joy of being wrong and accept other’s help and love. If we think about our own relationships when we stop listening then we stop communicating then things usually start to go really pear shaped.
In the Trinity the three persons of God have perfect communication and Jesus is perfectly humble to his father’s will and that is the essence of their unity.
Pray this prayer aloud:
the earth is full of the glory of your love.
May we your children, born of the Spirit,
so bear witness to your Son Jesus Christ, crucified and risen,
that all the world may believe and have eternal life
through the One who saves,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen
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