15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 2 / (Green)
Ps 103:1b-2, 3-4, 6-7
The Lord is kind and merciful.
1st Reading: Ex 3: 1-6, 9-12
Moses pastured the sheep of Jethro, his father-in-law, priest of Midian. One day he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the Mountain of God.
The angel of Yahweh appeared to him by means of a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Moses saw that although the bush was on fire it did not burn up. Moses thought, “I will go and see this amazing sight, why is the bush not burning up?“
Yahweh saw that Moses was drawing near to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!“ He replied, “Here I am.“ Yahweh said to him, “Do not come near; take off your sandals because the place where you are standing is holy ground.“ And God continued, “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.“
Moses hid his face lest his eyes look on God.
The cry of the sons of Israel has reached me and I have seen how the Egyptians oppress them.
Go now! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.“
Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the people of Israel out of Egypt?“
God replied, “I will be with you and this will be the sign that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.“
Gospel: Mt 11:25-27
On that occasion, Jesus said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you; because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this was your gracious will.
Everything has been entrusted 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.
Coming to a true knowledge about God is something beyond our power. We come to know and are able to establish a relationship with Him only because God chooses to reveal himself to us. The initiative always comes from God. Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush (First Reading) validates the statement of Jesus that the wise and the learned can never claim to have true knowledge and intimate relationship with God. We can know a lot of facts about the Father but do not really know him. As Mark Link once said, “Knowing our heavenly Father is not a question of opening a book and reading. It is a question of opening our heart and loving.“ Knowledge of God in its truest sense is not only an act of the mind but also of the heart and will. God reveals himself to us not merely for us to know him intellectually but does so because he desires to have a relationship with us.
Moreover, it is to simple people that God reveals himself. What is required is the attitude of childlikeness, the capacity to trust totally and be open to God and the divine will.
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