There was a man of the tribe of Levi who had taken a woman of Levi as his wife. She conceived and gave birth to a son and, seeing what a fine child he was, she kept him hidden for three months. When she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him; coating it with bitumen and pitch, she put the child inside and laid it among the reeds at the river’s edge. His sister stood some distance away to see what would happen to him.
Now Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe in the river, and the girls attending her were walking along by the riverside. Among the reeds she noticed the basket, and she sent her maid to fetch it. She opened it and looked, and saw a baby boy, crying; and she was sorry for him. ‘This is a child of one of the Hebrews’ she said. Then the child’s sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and find you a nurse among the Hebrew women to suckle the child for you?’ ‘Yes, go’ Pharaoh’s daughter said to her; and the girl went off to find the baby’s own mother. To her the daughter of Pharaoh said, ‘Take this child away and suckle it for me. I will see you are paid.’ So the woman took the child and suckled it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter who treated him like a son; she named him Moses because, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’
Moses, a man by now, set out at this time to visit his countrymen, and he saw what a hard life they were having; and he saw an Egyptian strike a Hebrew, one of his countrymen. Looking round he could see no one in sight, so he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. On the following day he came back, and there were two Hebrews, fighting. He said to the man who was in the wrong, ‘What do you mean by hitting your fellow countryman?’ ‘And who appointed you’ the man retorted, ‘to be prince over us, and judge? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?’ Moses was frightened. ‘Clearly that business has come to light’ he thought. When Pharaoh heard of the matter he would have killed Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and made for the land of Midian.
Jesus began to reproach the towns in which most of his miracles had been worked, because they refused to repent.
‘Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And still, I tell you that it will not go as hard on Judgement day with Tyre and Sidon as with you. And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be exalted as high as heaven? You shall be thrown down to hell. For if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have been standing yet. And still, I tell you that it will not go as hard with the land of Sodom on Judgement day as with you.’
“For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago.”
I love watching movies and one of the most common themes is the love between a man and a woman. One of my favourite movies is ‘50 First Dates’, which starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
(Warning : Spoilers Ahead)
Because the female protagonist is an amnesiac, the male protagonist finds that he has got to start over every day, getting the girl to reacquaint herself with him. More importantly, he has got to demonstrate his love for her on a daily basis, and to get her to fall in love with him all over again. Amazingly, he never gets tired of doing this. If anything, his love for her seems to grow stronger over time.
In the Old Testament, we read about how God repeatedly shows His protection for the Israelites. In fact, immediately after leaving Egypt in Exodus 14 (through the parted Red Sea), God cared for and provided for His people. He fed them with manna and quail. All these signs were clear and evident to the Jews.
Despite this constant demonstration by God of His love for them, the Israelites, by Exodus 32, had smelted their gold and built a gold calf for worship!
The reason for this was because the Israelites only cared for themselves. In Egypt, they complained about their cruel Egyptian overloads. When crossing the desert, they complained about being hungry and expressed regrets about leaving Egypt in the first place. Such ingratitude!
In the Gospel of today, the Lord reminds us to always be grateful. In order to recognise the wonders that God does for us, we need to look without instead of within. Such a strong reminder to keep our eyes on God!
(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)
Prayer – Father God, let us never be blind to the miracles that You perform in our lives on a daily basis. Help us never to be so blasé that we dwell in the blessings of Your love.
Thanksgiving – We are grateful for the Holy Trinity. Thank You for Your presence in our lives and for the Your involvement in our lives.