Wednesday 14 July 2021
Today is Wednesday, the 14 July, in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time.
One Hope Project sings, ‘Abba Father’.
Today’s reading is from the Book of Exodus.
Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said further, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.’
In today’s reading Moses is visited by God who reveals Himself to Moses in a special way; not simply as the God of Moses’ ancestors, but as a name. Have you ever had that experience of revelation? Of seeing some aspect of God you’d previously only half understood, or hadn’t fully appreciated?
God reveals His Name to Moses, and at the same time tells Moses of his particular task. Do you have some sense of your vocation, of the specific task that God has for you?
As you listen again, place yourself in the scene. What does it feel like?
As today’s prayer comes to a close, talk to the Lord about your own life. What does he want for you?
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.