3rd Sunday: God Who is In Our Midst by Sr. Catherine Cleary

Ex 3:1-8, 13-15; 1 Cor 10: 1-6, 10-12; Lk 13: 1-9

The same God who rescued Moses (first reading) and who made the fig tree bloom and bear fruit (Gospel) is the God who is in our midst at this moment.

In the first reading from Exodus, Moses discovered that where God is present the ground is holy, signified by the burning bush. He further learned that God’s name had to do with relationship.   God’s response to Moses’ question, “Who are you,” came in the form of a promise,  “I am who am is not just a name but it is a promise to be with us always.  God is saying, “I will always be there for you no matter what happens.

We probably will never see a burning bush as Moses did. But the same God who spoke to Moses says to us, “Where you stand is holy ground.”  We are no different than Moses, when we ask, “Who are you God? Or in distress we ask, “Where are you God?”  The same answer given to Moses is given to us.   My name means, “I will be with you forever and ever. I will be there for you, no matter what happens, no matter if it SEEMS like I am absent.  My name is a promise I am in relationship with you…always and always, no matter what. God’s relationship with us is forever and is symbolized as the burning bush.

The fire which Moses saw did not consume the bush, so too God’s love for us is inextinguishable.  His love is forever, we can experience it as an inextinguishable fire, but a fire which does not harm or destroy us.  This Lent we have suggested that some quiet prayer, some mediation and/or centering prayer be added to our prayer schedule.   In meditation we can quiet ourselves and rest in the presence of God.  And we can experience the promise that God was, God is and God will always be with us.  We in faith know that God’s love lasts through all generations.

Reflection Questions:
1) When do I experience God’s presence?
2)  What is my response to this presence? Does it evoke a prayer of gratitude?
3) These readings call us to practice mindfulness; what can I do to become more aware of God’s presence throughout the day?

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