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Tower of Babel

刊登日期: 2012.12.09
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

Do you remember the story of the Tower of Babel in the book of Genesis, how God confused the language of the people and they scattered all over the world? (Gen. 11:1-9) 

What was their motive? 

They wanted to build a tower to reach the sky to “make a name for themselves.” (Gen. 11:4) They wanted to be remembered as someone who has accomplished something memorable. They were afraid that they might be forgotten. 

Isn’t that something we all want to achieve, to be remembered? Yet, all of our achievements will not be remembered. 

Consider all the championships of any sport, the records in the Guinness book of records, the winners of the Nobel Prizes, etc. For a moment, they were on everybody’s lips, at least of those who cared and were interested, but for how long? 

Yet, truth be told, every achievement is there to be bested, someone else to do something bigger, greater, faster, better, etc. 

The most important part of this competitive spirit is the desire itself, the yearning for something more, something above normal, something beyond nature. In other words, the desire for the supernatural. And this desire is written into our soul. Philosophers tell us that this desire is really the proof of existence of God and that we are created by Him. He has put an imprint in our hearts that only He who is supernatural, infinite, omniscient can satisfy. 

St. Paul, in the Letter to the Romans said this, “For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. ….. for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead …… They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever.” (Rom. 1:19-25) 

I would like to introduce you to Matthew Kelly. He wrote the book “Rediscover Catholicism” in which he tells us that Jesus came to help us to discover a better version of ourselves. It is not a very difficult book to read and is filled with very encouraging topics. 

He points out that in our modern world, for many reasons we cannot fully understand, mainly because of Original Sin, we settle for mediocrity. Even our best goals and expectations are short-sighted. We are unhappy because we don’t aim high enough and we do not look to Jesus as inspiration. We are distracted by worldly goals. 

Jesus came to satisfy that hunger. I can be fed and feel full. I can be quenched and no longer thirst. I can see and be overwhelmed by beauty. This is the mission of Jesus. The final destiny is Heaven. But, He is the fullness of life, NOW. 

Again, St. Paul wrote: “AT PRESENT we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but THEN face to face. AT PRESENT I know partially; THEN I shall know fully, as I am fully known.” (1Cor. 13:12) Make sure to pay attention to the “AT PRESENT” and “THEN”. 

The real desire of our hearts is not to achieve materially and presently. Our greatest hunger is to LOVE because God is love. I can love and know that I am loved. 

Blessed Mother Teresa said and did just that. St. Therese, the Little Flower, taught that. All the saints lived that in their lives. That’s why they are saints and their lives, somehow, capture our hearts. All that is required of us is to imitate them. 

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