EX 34:4-6 & 8-9; 2 COR 13:11-13; JN 3:6-18 (Year A)
There is, within us all, a lingering fear that God is unapproachable. The prophet Isaiah described this seemingly unbridgeable gulf separating sinful humanity from a transcendent God perfectly: “Yes, as the heavens are high above the earth, so are my ways above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.”
The prophet had emphasised this gulf only to stress the graciousness of a hidden God who longed to draw near to his people, who had revealed himself to Moses as “a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness”.
Moses had responded to such tenderness with a simple prayer embracing every longing: “Let my Lord come with us, I beg. True, we are a headstrong people, but forgive us our faults and our sins, and adopt us as your heritage.”
In its simplicity, this prayer describes what we are. We dread the abandonment of isolation. We crave the presence of those who will come with us, with whom we shall uncover the meaning of our lives.
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