WEDNESDAY OF THE FIFTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

July 17, 2019

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12

 

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the 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 flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending 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?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

 

Psalm 103:1-7

 

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:

 

Matthew 11:25-27

 

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

 

(NRSVCE)

 

Meditation

 

Do you spend much time around small children? If you are a parent, educator, or relative or care-taker of such little ones, you know how inquisitive they are. Everything that we take for granted is new in the eyes of a child, and they are full of questions about the what, the why, and the how of the things they see around them. They also take in all the adults and older children in their lives, observing what they say and do and imitating, learning how to behave and interact with others and with their world. 

 

We can see, then, why Jesus says the Father is pleased to reveal His wisdom to little children. They are curious, they are humble and look up to others, and - even though you can’t always tell - they listen. So the Son of God looks up to His father with all the love and admiration of a child, and knows the Father through and through, and reveals the things of God to whom He will.

 

We cannot become children again once we have grown, but in our reading from Genesis, Moses shows us how to be childlike and receptive to God as adults. We see that Moses is curious and inquisitive; he sees a strange sight, and he questions it and goes to investigate. He is observant, and has a childlike wonder. Moses is also humble before God. As we learn later in this chapter, Moses has some objections to God’s plans for him to go and speak publicly before the Israelites and Egyptians. He is slow of speech and tongue, either because of a speech impediment, or because he is simply introverted, and prefers listening to speaking. So Moses is meek, a listener, not a seeker of attention. And, like a child, Moses is being called by God to grow.

 

We cannot change ourselves into introverts like Moses if we’re extroverted anymore than we can become children again. But we don’t have to. God calls introverts to speak out as evangelists like He called Moses, and He calls extroverts to still themselves and listen to Him. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

 

Do I listen to God and ask Him to reveal Himself to me? If I am an introvert, do I use my strengths of listening to seek God, and trust Him to strengthen my weaknesses to speak about my faith? If I am an extrovert, do I use my strengths to speak about Jesus, and ask God to strengthen my weaknesses to spend time alone in prayer listening to the Holy Spirit?

 

Today, let’s give God our strengths and weaknesses and ask God to reveal Himself to us, grant us curiosity, and humbly expect to grow with our Father’s help.

 

 

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