Friday 6th Week Ord I
A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer
Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit
from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End
Pieter Breugel the Elder: The Little Tower of Babel Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1563
Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time: Sin, Personal and Corporate, can be Overcome in the Holy Spirit
Readings for Mass
“Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech (NRSV, Gen 11:7).”
Let us pray.
Father, from the story of Adam and Eve we learn how each of us, personally or with another, rebels against you in sin. From Babel we learn that sin is also corporate. We act as a people in ways we never could do as individuals. We turn against whole groups of human beings among us. We trample on the poor. We fail in our stewardship of the earth.
Sin brings shame into our lives, as we learn from Adam and Eve, and confusion among peoples, as with Babel.
For us, Father, the story of Pentecost, the sending of your Holy Spirit, indicates the undoing of Babel. Confusion is vanquished and understanding prevails. May we realize that the Spirit comes, not just once or on this occasion or that, but at every moment, in every place, in every situation. The coming of the Spirit is announced by the Word always present to us in the depth of our being. We need only say “yes” to the gift offered to us and the life of your Spirit is given to us to change our lives. Shame and confusion can be overcome. Love can prevail and justice be done. The earth can be cared for.
Father, may we, individually and as a whole human family, grow constantly in your Spirit offered to us through your Word as we progress moment by moment towards the future that is your reign.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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