Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12
Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, priest of Midian. He led his flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of a bush. Moses looked; there was the bush blazing but it was not being burnt up. ‘I must go and look at this strange sight,’ Moses said, ‘and see why the bush is not burnt.’
Now the Lord saw him go forward to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush. ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said. ‘Here I am,’ Moses answered. ‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your fathers,’ he said, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this Moses covered his face, afraid to look at God.
And the Lord said, ‘The cry of the sons of Israel has come to me, and I have witnessed the way in which the Egyptians oppress them, so come, I send you to Pharaoh to bring the sons of Israel, my people, out of Egypt.’
Moses said to God, ‘Who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?’ ‘I shall be with you,’ was the answer ‘and this is the sign by which you shall know that it is I who have sent you… After you have led the people out of Egypt, you are to offer worship to God on this mountain.’
Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’
“You shall know that it is I who have sent you…”
I have been blessed to have been able to teach and mentor children at home catechism for the last seven years. I am also blessed with two beautiful children; one a teen, and the other a pre-teen.
One of the reasons I enjoy teaching cathecism is to see the confidence of the children increase over time as they grow into the knowledge of their competence. While they may initially possess feelings of inadequacy, they are open to listening to advice and guidance.
In the first reading today, God led Moses to liberate the Israelites from the control of the Egyptians. This was despite Moses’ background, having been brought up in the Egyptian royal family, then subsequently disgraced and exiled from the land of Egypt. Under such circumstances, we certainly understand why he would feel as such.
Moses was about forty years old when exiled, and spent forty years in the desert being a shepherd, which means that he was about eighty years of age when God first spoke to him. At eighty, far removed from his childhood years, Moses allowed himself to be led by God.
In my own experience, growing up in an environment without my parents, I have not had the benefit of a mentor-mentee relationship in my growing years. Instead, I have had to depend on myself, being an only child. Much of what I had done as a child, I have had to figure out on my own. However, as I grew into adulthood, I began to value my own opinions more than the opinions of those around me. This approach led me to many a wrong decision.
Like Moses, and others like Abraham, we need to learn to set aside our ‘adult-ness’ and be like children again. It is only when we surrender our will that our God can guide us.
(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)
Prayer – Father, teach us to be able to surrender ourselves to Your will. Help us, Father God, to walk in Your path.
Thanksgiving – Thank You for Your presence in our lives, and thank You for sending us signposts to guide us.