Daily Reading: 01 April – The Tower of Babel – Genesis 11:1-9 ~ orchestrated confusion

First Friday of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

This is the day which was made by the Lord: let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.

E100:1.e In the Beginning:
The Tower of Babel – Genesis 11:1-9 (NLT)

Genesis 11 At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. 2 As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there.

The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563)

The Tower of Babel
by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563) Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”

5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”

8 In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.

Catherine Tate – The Offensive Translator
(A CEO is desperate to find someone who knows how to speak 7 languages.)

Prayer

I give thanks to You, heavenly Father, for protecting me through the night and granting me another day. I ask You to fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit, and give Your peace to my soul, that I may be free from all needless anxiety and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You, so that Your will may be my will.

+ Today, make known to me, and take from my heart, every kind, form and degree of pride.

+ Today, empty me of self, and awaken in me the deepest depth and truth of that humility which can make me capable of your revealing light.

+ Today, do not allow attribution to me, for the good that you perform in me and through me, but rather, that all honor be to you.

+ Today, may your presence in me, and your work through me, testify of your holiness and saving grace.

Help me to die to self each day, and continuously seek your glorification in all that I think or do. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the exemplar of humility. Amen.

Closing Sentence

Cleanse our hearts by your truth and guide our lives by your holiness; may we do what is right and pleasing to you.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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