June 4, 2017 - Pentecost, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
In our readings this weekend, we see two distinct groups of people. There are the People of Babel and the People of the Spirit. The People of Babel want what they want, while the People of the Spirit want what God wants.
The People of Babel seek their own will. They seek to build a monument to themselves.
Listen to them again. Come, let us build a tower reaching to the sky so we can make a name for ourselves. They labor only for themselves, for their honor or glory or comfort or legacy. Whichever it is, the result is the same.
And what is the result of all their labors? They are scattered and confused. All their hard work comes to nothing. And they must start over.
On the other hand, the People of the Spirit recognize their own weaknesses. They search their hearts and readily admit their shortcomings.
We do not know how to pray as we should. But because of their humility, the Spirit intercedes for them.
What is the result of their search for God? They have hope and they are saved.
Sometimes we are scattered and confused. Sometimes all of our hard work comes to nothing and we are forced to begin again. This is a sign to us that we are probably thinking and behaving like the People of Babel.
We are seeking our own fame and fortune. We are seeking our own will. We are seeking to build a monument to ourselves. This, of course, never ends well.
If we want to end all this confusion, if we want all of our hard work to come to come to something, to come to fruition, then we have to become People of the Spirit.
We have to allow the Holy Spirit to come to our aid. We have to invite the Holy Spirit to intercede for us.
We can begin by seeking what God wants for us instead of always doing only what we want.
Through prayer, we can begin to discover God’s will for us. Through prayer, we can begin asking the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance.
Today on this Feast of Pentecost let us search our hearts to see if we are People of Babel or People of the Spirit.
The People of Babel end up scattered and confused while the People of the Spirit have hope and are saved.