Thursday 1 August

Today is Thursday, the 1 August, in the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The Nuns of St Cecilia’s Abbey sing Illuminare, Jerusalem.  ‘Be enlightened, shine, O Jerusalem, for your light has come; and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  And the nations shall walk in your light, and kings in the splendour of your rising.’  Sitting here now, or standing, or whatever you’re doing, you may not think of yourelf as ‘shining’.  You might be feeling a bit dull or jaded.   But as you listen, try and focus on three things – the light that is around you…. then the light that God brings into your life… and then the light that you can reflect, or do reflect, to the people around you, the people in your life, and to the world.

Today’s reading is from the Book of Exodus.

Today we’re taken back to the years when the people of Israel were wandering in the desert. They have left Egypt, but not yet reached the land God had promised them. Moses, their leader, sets up a kind of mobile temple, somewhere where people can go to meet God. Where do you go when you want to meet God?

The people are guided in the desert by God’s presence. They follow a cloud during the day, and a fire during the night. What would you say to someone who asked you how God guides you in your own life?

As you listen again, try to picture the structure Moses is putting up, and get a sense of what it might have meant to the people who were following him through the desert.

Wherever you are now is, itself, a place where you can find God. Speak for a moment or two to the God who has found you here today.