It is named Babel, because there the Lord mixed up the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord dispersed them over all the earth.
What a project of pride and selfishness, to think that we can make a stairway right up to heaven! What results is not the human family making it to the skies, bur rather a tumbling confusion of languages of all the people still very much stuck on earth.
While we can’t lift up ourselves up, Jesus lifted high on the cross won us a place in heaven. By the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in the resurrection, we come to know a new language of love and wisdom that God places in our heart that unites us once again with the rest of the human family. In the book of Acts, chapter 2, we read about how the first apostles were understood in the many languages of the crowd listening to them.
The language of love…What will you do today to lead someone to God by your loving words and actions?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Those scattered drawn together
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…