When praying the rosary the other day, meditating on the third Glorious Mystery, I had this insight about how it could be that the people gathered all of the sudden could understand each other in their own languages. Here is what happened – the scene – during Pentecost:
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? [Acts 2:4-8, NAB Holy Bible]
What just happened? God was in their minds, enabling all of them to communicate via a universal language, deep in their minds, and only God knows how. God is the Technician here. AND, this is proof that there IS and will BE a universal language in Heaven and by it, we will all know each other’s thoughts as we will to communicate.
But, why was this necessary at Pentecost, and why was this ability to understand the universal language underneath human languages so temporary? And what were all of the people gathered there saying to each other and why? These are mysteries.