June 07, 2009

Open Your Eyes

In the first reading (Dt 4:32-34, 39-40), Moses reminds his people of the magnitude of what has happened to them. I wonder if this quote is exact or a paraphrase? I wonder, because I can imagine a more sarcastic Moses here. (Or perhaps that just means I’d have been a more sarcastic Moses.)

“Have you looked around lately? I mean, come on people!” Moses continues, “He made a bush talk. What do you need – a personal appearance?” (Ba-dum-bum.)

Moses brings up to the Jews what Jesus Himself (Mt 28:16-20) and later Paul (Rom 8:14-17) would reiterate. God has reached out to us. God continues to reach out to us – sometimes dramatically, sometimes quietly.

To Nietzsche, Christianity is slavery (slave morality), but Paul refutes this. God does not drag us to slavery but invites us to family. And families do have rules. Our Father has set down the rules and His children are expected to follow, for our good and the good of the entire family (“for our good and the good of all his church” – sound familiar?). All of them – Moses, Jesus, Paul – tell us the same thing. Open your eyes! Accept the hand that God offers! Follow the rules and follow the call!

Be a saint!

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