Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Acts 2:7-8
Medical-speak in a hospital can be confusing to people longing to understand. Latin words, acronyms for complicated and unfamiliar words are exchanged. It can be difficult to know what they are all about and embarrassing to ask for clarity. Yet, here at Pentecost, people are confused because they DO understand what is being said.
And in that, there is wisdom. God calls us to speak in whatever language people use. We are to use words of the Spirit, words that educate and comfort, words that transcend cultural and linguistic barriers, words that speak to the sisters and brothers next to us.
Prayer: God, grant us the words to speak to the ears of your beloved. Let our words be shaped and cradled by your loving care, so that your presence is known in this world. Amen.
Deacon Ben Ema, Munster, Indiana