Tuesday 30 July 2019

About Today Readings

Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28. Psalm 102(103):6-13. Matthew 13:36-43.
The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 102(103):6-13
‘The Lord used to speak with Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.’

Commands are easier to follow when they flow from a relationship. The first reading today offers us a reflection on the experience by which the Ten Commandments came about. Rather than being legal prescriptions imposed on the people, they arise out of an encounter with God. The encounter has its importance, as has the result.

The encounter occurred at a meeting place set apart for seeking the Lord. A community supported Moses as he went into this place. Moses was speaking face to face, friend to friend, with God. Out of this privileged experience of presence came the commandments.

This meeting of Moses with the Lord is full of reverence and respect one for the other. It may lead me to reflect on whether I bring such a disposition to my prayer and my relationships. Lord, help me to love you and to love my neighbour.

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