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O GOD, SHOW ME YOUR GLORY!

God reveals Himself to Moses

“How admirable are the divine manifestations in the life of Moses, the beloved! A fugitive, weeping in the desert over the misfortunes og his people, he perceives in the distamce a mysterious flame; he draws near to examine it – behold! it is the Glory of God!

A voice speaks: ‘Moses! Moses!’

‘Lord, I am here.’

‘Approach not, for the place on which you tread is holy ground. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, of Issac, and of Jacob. I have seen the affliction of my people, I have heard their bitter cry; go thou and snatch them from the hands of the Egyptian.’

‘But if the people ask me Who is He Who sends you?’

‘I am Who am’; you will say: ‘He Who is sends me to you.’

‘But Lord, I am infirm, and cannot speak.’

‘Go, I place My power in your hands; miracles compel belief.’

And Moses goes. In the land of Egypt, in the desert into which he leads his rescued people, God speaks to him again; in the last books of the Pentateuch one sees constantly repeated: ‘The Lord spoke to Moses, the Lord said to Moses.’ God speaks to His servant doring the voyage, in the tent, in the assemblies of the people, on Sinai, where the Holy Law is promulgated, at the door and beneath the veils of the Tabernacle.

God speaks to His servant, not as to other mortals, but face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

So often has the prophet seen the splebdid vision of the Lord that his countenance bears its radiant traves and that, emboldened by so many favours, he dares to say, in a moment of sublime familiarity: ‘O God, show me your glory!’ Ostende mihi gloriam tuam!

– R. P. Monsabre

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING I (DEUTERONOMY 8:2-3, 14-16)

HE FED YOU WITH MANNA WHICH NEITHER YOU NOR YOUR FATHERS HAD KNOWN.

Moses said to the people: ‘Remember how the Lord your God led you for forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, to test you and to know your inmost heart – whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, made you feel hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known, to make you understand that man does not live on bread alone but that man lives on everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

‘Do not then forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery: who guided you through this vast and dreadful wilderness, a land of fiery serpents, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water from the hardest rock; who in this wilderness fed you with manna that your fathers had not known.’

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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“BLESS US IN THIS HOLY SEASON”

Lord, bless us in
this Holy Season.
Bless us with the hope of the possible,
rather than the fear or dread
of the impossible.
Bless us
as we pray for the understanding
of what God can do in us this Lent.
Amen.

 

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“EVEN A FEEBLE LENT OF BROKEN RESOLUTIONS MAY BY GOD’S GRACE BRING ABOUT A CHANGE IN ME”

“THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE TEMPTATIONS OF JESUS

Jesus’ own period of 40 days in the desert introduces us to the meaning of Lent, for the experience of Jesus can itself only be understood in relation to the Israelites’ 40 years in the desert. Exodus recounts the story of how, by a gratuitous act of love on God’s part, in fidelity to a promise he made long ago – a promise which would seen to be all empty by reason of the years and the suffering which have intervened – God allows Israel to escape from the slavery of Egypt to worship him in the wilderness. There the Lord offers them a covenant on Sinai. He feeds them miraculously and even overlooks their worshipping a golden calf to bring them at last to the Promised Land.

NOT SEEKING TO ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM GOD BY MATERIAL SECURITY

Now we have the key to understanding the temptations of Jesus: the temptation to worship the Devil, the temptation to turn stones into bread, the temptations to power. These would all be temptations like those of his ancestors, to somehow want to be self-reliant, whereas the wilderness experience is about discovering the only true freedom: a total reliance on God expressed in worship of him, fidelity to his law and an essential love of poverty, of a depending on him for my how am I to live, not seeking once to isolate myself from him by material security.

THE ONLY TRUE FREEDOM: TOTAL RELIANCE ON GOD

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are all to teach me reliance on God and solidarity with those who suffer. They are to make space in me for knowledge of my poverty and tame my ego a bit. Even a feeble Lent, a Lent of broken resolutions, might by God’s grace bring about a change in me if I am forced to admit how weak is my will, how shallow my religiosity, and how deep and real my need for God’s mercy. Remember that wonderful Chesterton paradox used to describe a saint: ‘A saint can be recognised by the fact that he knows himself to be a sinner.’

‘LOOK NOT ON OUR SINS, BUT ON THE FAITH OF YOUR CHURCH’

Just as Jesus needed to immerse himself the story of Israel, the story of God’s miraculous saving in history, so Lent is a time of identifying myself more fully with the Church, to experience in this time the miraculous effects the saving God wishes to bring about in my own history, particularly through the miraculous signs and wonders of the sacraments. This is not merely a personal journey, but also a collective one for the whole Church, a time to remember the prayer which precedes Communion which asks God to look ‘not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church’. It is also a time to remember that however weak or sinful I may feel I am supported by the merits and intercession of the whole Church. Together as part of the Chosen People we will rejoice in the arrival at the Promised Land of Easter.

LOOK TO THE HORIZON AND JUST KEEP GOING

We will welcome the newly baptised at Easter and share in the joy of the salvation they have been promised. Exodus also reminds us that salvation has a history: it does not happen all at once. We are on a journey. The direction of travel is all-important, and the wonderful promise of the destination allows one to lift the eyes to the horizon and slog on, even when the going is touch and we lament what must be left behind.”
– This is an excerpt of “Diary of a City Priest”, by Pastor Iuventus, (available from Amazon) which was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue March 14 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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27th MARCH, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 94)

R. O that today you would listen to his voice!
“Harden not your hearts.”

1. Come, ring out your joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord. (R.)

2. Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand. (R.)

3. O that today you would listen to his voice!
“Harden not your hearts as in Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.” (R.)

ACCLAMATION

Shake off all your sins – this is the Lord who speaks – and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

 

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23rd MARCH, BIBLE READING I (EXODUS 17:3-7)

WATER FROM THE ROCK

Tormented by thirst, the people complained against Moses. ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt?’ they said. ‘Was it so that I should die of thirst, my children too, and my cattle?’

Moses appealed to the Lord. ‘How am I to deal with this people?’ he said. ‘A little more and they will stone me!’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take with you some of the elders of Israel and move on to the forefront of the people; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the river, and go. I shall be standing before you there on the rock, at Horeb. You must strike the rock, and water will flow from it for the people to drink.’

This is what Moses did, in the sight of the elders of Israel. The place was named Massah and Meribah because of the grumbling of the sons of Israel and because they put the Lord to the test by saying, ‘Is the Lord with us, or not?’

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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JESUS FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT… WAS LED BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE DESERT (Lk 4:1)

• The whole of the Bible simply narrates the love of God.

• Jesus full of the Holy Spirit… was led by the Spirit into the desert. (Luke 4:1)

• Our Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent focuses on Jesus’ temptations in the desert. At the heart of the devil’s attack was the seductive temptation for the Lord to lose confidence in the Father’s love. Jesus resisted, standing firm in faith. He was victorious, being strengthened and comforted by the Holy Spirit. God knows we are tempted in many ways. We are all weak and frail. However, our greatest temptation is that we too might lose confidence in God’s love. Lent is a time for us to come and rely afresh on the love God has for us. We do this through prayer, fasting and almsgiving but also by getting to know the scriptures better, for they proclaim God’s love in every age.

• Lord, renew within me a sure and solid grasp of your love for me. Help me to grasp this in deeper measure so that I will walk with you every day in peace and confidence.

• Our Father…, Ten Hail Marys…, Glory be…

• Today my prayer is for… ”
– This short meditation was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2013” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link)

 

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