“Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?” The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) was the penultimate metaphor of people trying to reach heaven without the assistance of God. That is precisely why they were thrown into a huge and overwhelming state of confusion where no one could understand each other. That scene prepared us for Pentecost and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which endow with the potential to understand everyone in their spheres of life because of the presence of God’s love in their lives. Thus the reference in the Gospel is made to the tower that someone starts to build but cannot finish.
“Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?” Ten thousand troops vs. twenty thousand troops? Is this a battle hard to call? The answer is absolutely “no,” but this passage is not about military exercises. It is about the impending confrontation that each of us has with death. Will we be ready? It is time for “peace terms.” Thus, the Gospel of today gives to all of us the specifics of those terms. Before the final call, you and I must be sufficiently detached from this world but at the same time attached to living in the world walking in the light of truth. How is that done? “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” Simply we are called to love in the power of the Holy Spirit which is freely given to those who love in the name of Jesus the Lord.
“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” St. Teresa of Calcutta