Grace to you!
May I share with you an excerpt from my newest book Our Journey to God on Moses and the event of the burning bush? Hope you will find it interesting as you meditate on Exodus 3.
“Let us return to the form of evidence, theophany, which I said is the crux of the faith journey. Let’s try to sketch out this idea by reference to the story of Moses. His theophany was a divine encounter in the form of the burning bush that was not consumed (Exod. 3). This imagery draws attention to the divine imprint in every soul, the same inherent desire burning like fire and pushing us to search for the good, the beautiful, and the true. Like the bush that was not consumed, the soul is not consumed by this divine fire; instead, it inspires us to ask for more, to draw closer to perfection, to want to embrace God and to be wrapped in His being. We want to possess God, hold onto him and not let him depart from us. In each soul or heart, there is this fire, this push, this longing.
In the story of Moses, we see this chosen one thrilled by the sight. He drew nearer in either admiration, curiosity, or sheer wonder. Then from the thickest of the flames a unique voice spoke the name Yahweh—I AM. Observe the sequence of this revelation. First, there was a “fugitive,” Moses, running away from the Pharaoh because of his love for his people, Israel. He is like any person on a wild search for the meaning of life; he was looking for answers to his life’s journey. Humanity’s ultimate search is search for meaning, for no search is without a goal. Ultimate meaning is life’s natural elixir. Finding it is the fulfillment of all desire. Not finding it is life’s dreadful dirge.
Second, Moses’ natural curiosity before the bush led him to contemplate the mystery that took place before him. He begins a movement, drawing closer and closer to the light. He was, like many of us, a soul in search of the true light, the light of the world. But he was not worthy, as no one is worthy to step upon the terrace of the awe-inspiring presence of God, unless he removed his shoes. We should note the relevance of shoes in the ancient Near East: Without shoes, a traveler would hardly make it through the sunny, stony desert. You might call shoes an artificial support to a traveler’s journey. But a time had come for Moses when physical shoes were not needed—when their use was subsumed by the power of God’s grace. A time comes in our spiritual life when manmade support for our spiritual search gives way to the profundity of the divine embrace. We meet God as He has made us, without shoes, as God has purposed us for a blessed destiny. Isn’t this the meaning of life we are searching for? Moses’s experience captures what happens at the beatific vision, when we shall see God face to face, and behold His glory.”
(Culled from Fr. Maurice N. Emelu, Our Journey to God: Exploring the Power of Faith from Abraham to You, (Irondale, AL: EWTN Publishing, 2017), pp. 25-27)
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday, 15th Week ordinary Time A: Exod 3:1-6, 9-12; Mt 11:25-17]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.