Showing posts from May, 2021

Pentecost 2021

In tonight’s Vigil readings, the Church pairs up the Feast of Pentecost with a story you might not expect, the Tower of Babel from Genesis chapter eleven. If you think about it for a second you realize: oh, yeah, the language thing! The miracle of everyone understanding across language barriers at Pentecost is the undoing of Babel. Cool. If you keep thinking about it, this actually runs incredibly deep. The building of the Tower of Babel begins with people saying “let us make a name for ourselves.” In English we use that phrase to mean something like getting famous, making your mark. In the Biblical Hebrew it’s much deeper than that. In seeking to “make a name for themselves,” their project is to create and choose for themselves an identity . To make up for themselves who they are and what their lives are about. This sure resonates in the world you and I are living in. Isn’t this the way our young generation is being brought up, isn’t this what they’re being told by the world? Creat

Home? Alone?: Ascension 2021

  I think our first babysitter was Heather. Then Jennifer. Then another Heather. There were lots of Heathers in the 80’s. But one day came when Mom and Dad were going out, and there was no babysitter. It was just going to be me and my little sister. They announced that I was now old enough. There was a positive but very serious briefing, everybody put on a brave face, and the door shut behind them and just like that we were…. home alone . It was exciting because it meant I was growing up, and because being trusted is exciting, and because responsibility is exciting, and also because I imagined all the awesome things we would do free of supervision, none of which really materialized.  On the other hand there was one thing that made it seem much more weighty and serious than it would otherwise have been, and that was that I wasn’t home alone alone , in point of fact, but my little sister and I were home alone together. She had to be looked after and kept out of trouble and all that so