St Bonaventure | Thursday 15 July 2021
Today is Thursday, the 15 July, the feast of St Bonaventure, in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time.
The St Thomas Music Group sing Mysterium Amoris by Margaret Rizza, from a text by John Main: The meaning of life is the mystery of Love. Just as the roots of trees hold firm in the soil, so it is the roots of love that hold the ground of our being together.
Today’s reading is from the Book of Exodus.
Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you”, and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ’ God also said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “TheLord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you”: This is my name for ever,
and this my title for all generations. Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and say to them, “The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying: I have given heed to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt. I declare that I will bring you up out of the misery of Egypt, to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.” They will listen to your voice; and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, “The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; let us now go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, so that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.” I know, however, that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders that I will perform in it; after that he will let you go.
God tells Moses to tell the people of Israel that His Name is ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ A mysterious answer! This points us towards the fact that God is a wonderful mystery; even if we spend our lives meditating and praying we will still not know terribly much about God. Do you sometimes find it difficult to relate to such a mysterious God?
One of the dangers we face is putting our own construct; our own image on God. We are not content to accept the mystery, and replace it with an image of our own making. Have you ever done this? How honestly do we try and comprehend God as God is?
As you listen again, pay attention for the promise God makes. The promise of a land flowing with milk and honey. Spend some time reflecting on that land; on Paradise.
In the last moments of today’s prayer, enter into a conversation with God. You might want to try and ask for the grace to see God more clearly in your own life.
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.