Come, holy Fire, comfort true,
Grant us the will Your work to do
And in Your service to abide;
Let trials turn us not aside.
Lord, by Your pow’r prepare each heart,
And to our weakness strength impart
That bravely here we may contend,
Through life and death to You, our Lord, ascend.
Today’s Old Testament Reading explains the reason for so many languages: it was to stop the building of the Towel of Babel. But the confusion of tongues was no match for the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost, the crowd needed no translation, for their ears heard the Gospel in their native languages. The Holy Spirit would also change the disciples’ minds from forgetfulness to remembrance of all that our Lord had said. More than that, Jesus Himself was leaving His peace with them. That was important because no one can keep Christ’s word perfectly. But their weak faith and sinful condition (and our own) would soon be overcome by the forgiveness He won in His death and resurrection. No stone has been left unturned—including the one in front of our Lord’s tomb.