Sunday 24 March 2019
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15. Psalm 102(103):1-4, 6-8, 11. 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12. Luke 13:1-9.
The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 102(103):1-4, 6-8, 11.
‘You are standing on holy ground.’
To experience God as Moses did when he saw the burning bush is to become imbued with the mind of God, to see the world and the meaning of reality through God’s eyes. ‘I am who am’ – God’s naming of himself – is an affirmation of life, of goodness and of holiness.
Moses’ moment of revelation and adoration is immediately succeeded by a call to service: ‘I have heard my people cry.’ Any misgivings Moses might have had are countered by God’s promise: ‘I will be with you.’ This God of steadfast love, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, will stand by Moses. But it is Moses who must take action.
It can be wonderful to bask in the presence of God and contemplate the wonders of his loving kindness, but when we are called to action on his behalf in our broken and unjust world, is our response to close our eyes, or do we say, ‘Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will’?