Mass Reading & Meditation for July 18, 2013
Meditation: Exodus 3:13-20
Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest
“This is what you shall tell the children of Israel: I am sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14)
Answering Moses’ question about his name, God replied, “I am who am” (Exodus 3:14). What on earth does this mean?
This whole exchange between Moses and God gets even more interesting when we see that Moses already knows whom he is talking to. God has already told him, “I am … the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6). In today’s reading, Moses is really asking what he should say to the Israelites when he tells them that God is going to rescue them. He’s not so interested in who God was in the past. Who is he right now? Is he big enough to overpower the Egyptian gods and do what he promises?
This was the real question that God answered. “Tell them I am sent you.” He is not just the God who “was,” the God of Israel’s ancestors. He remains their God today. He remains a potent, powerful God whose presence never fades. He is a God whose love is everlasting. He is the eternal, the almighty. He simply is, at all times, in all places.
This answer shows how accessible, even humble, God is. Pagan gods required worshippers to bring them gifts—and even then they didn’t guarantee that their prayers would be answered. By contrast, Israel’s God seeks out his people and meets them where they are. He comes to them, offering salvation and freedom. His love for them doesn’t depend on their offerings. He simply is, and what he is happens to be very simple and life-giving: He is love and redemption!
Who is God? He is the God of Moses and Abraham and David. He is the God of Jesus and Joseph and Mary. But he is also your God—your Father, your provider, your redeemer, and your protector. As you go through your day, remind yourself that God is the One who is. He who created the earth and stretched out the heavens also created you and stretched out a path for you to follow. So worship him. Praise him. Love him and trust in him. He is, and always will be, I am!
“Father, I believe that you are the One who is. Thank you for your presence and your care for me.”
Psalm 105:1,5,8-9,24-27; Matthew 11:28-30