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Reflection for July 19, 2007

“I AM WHO I AM"

Today's Mass Readings

What is God’s name? Abraham did not ask that question; Isaac did not ask that question and Jacob did not ask that question. Moses dared to ask that question, though not for his own sake but only to get the mission entrusted to him some credibility. God’s answer to him was evasive, “I am who I am.”

The inability to name God should be interpreted as God’s arrogance, but rather, God’s awesomeness. Human beings are creatures; God is Creator. There is a huge difference between the two. The Israelites realized that. They called God “Yahweh,” originally YHWH (the absence of any vowels symbolize the fact that God’s name is unpronounceable. Yahweh is a word play on the Hebrew equivalent of “I am who I am.” Translated into English it could mean “to be” or “he causes to be, ” in other words, eternal.

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Reflection for July 18, 2007

“The Lord is Kind and Merciful"

Today's Mass Readings

Of all ways in which God reveals his self in the Old Testament, the burning bush is perhaps the most spectacular and yet the most personal. As we read this reading, it is easy to get carried away with the burning bush, or God’s determination to save the people. However, equally significant is God’s self-revelation. God is Holy! Thus Moses is asked to take off his sandals. The cry of his people has become unbearable to God. Thus, as the Psalmist says in the Psalm response, “The Lord is kind and merciful.”

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Reflection for July 17, 2007

“Turn to the Lord in Your Need, and You Will Live"

Today's Mass Readings

The people of Israel finally end up becoming slaves to the Egyptians. They were slaves for almost four hundred years. But certain events must occur before they can be redeemed. Once again, as in the past, if God wanted God could free them with merely his words. But we must remember that God wants to build a Covenantal relationship with Israel. Thus God takes the first step (Moses is called into Midian). He then waits for human beings to make a free choice, so that God can redeem them.

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Reflection for July 16, 2007

“Our Help is in the Name of the Lord"

Today's Mass Readings

We begin our reflection in the second book of the Bible, the book of Exodus. Exodus literally means “departure.” Obviously, we are referring to the departure of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. However, the events preceding the “exodus” are the formative years of a people who develop a sense of identity, develop a relationship with God, come to know God as their redeemer, and learn to trust God in the same way that their fathers in faith, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had done.

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Reflection for July 15, 2007

“Do This and You Will Live"

Sunday Mass Readings


It is often the case in the gospels that when people asked Jesus a question, he often posed a counter question and drew the answer from the questioner. We have one such example in the gospel reading (Mt 11:25-27). When the scholar asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus asked him the question what the Law proposed. When the scholar gave the correct answer, Jesus responded with a statement that is important: “Do this and you will live.”

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