Wednesday 16 August 2017
St Stephen of Hungary.
Deuteronomy 34:1-12. Psalm 65(66):1-3, 5, 16-17. Matthew 18:15-20.
Blessed be God who filled my soul with life! — Psalm 65(66):1-3, 5, 16-17.
‘Israel wept for Moses for thirty days.’
Moses’ people must have loved him deeply. He had been their leader for over forty years. He brought them out of slavery in Egypt and held them together through years of struggle. He shared his vision with them, a vision of the promised land, a land of blessedness and peace. This was the dream planted in Moses’ heart by God.
It was enough for Moses to see the promised land. He didn’t need to enter it. More important was the fact that his people had travelled in freedom. They had broken out of bondage and were free to follow wherever God led them. Blessed be God who filled their soul with life!