Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Throughout history, God appears to people to give them an important job to do to collaborate in building God’s kingdom here on earth. This is the case with Moses in today’s reading, as God asks him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. God promises fidelity and accompaniment after Moses questions his ability to do what is asked. We know that God has been active throughout our lives as well, often asking us to take on a new venture or mission. In the first week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to look at the times and ways in which God has been active and present throughout our lives.
Sometimes we are ready to jump in feet first to a new mission (a job, a new addition to the family, meeting a need in our workplace, neighborhood or church community). Sometimes we may feel hesitant, inadequate, or insecure when God is asking us to take on a new mission.
In what situation have I heard God’s voice calling or nudging me lately? What are my feelings in response? Can I truly trust in God’s promise of accompaniment in my life, particularly in a new mission as Moses is asked?
Lord God, you invite us to collaborate with you in building your kingdom here on earth. Help us to be attentive to the quiet whisper of your voice as we discern what you call us to do.