Thursday of the fourth week of Lent
“I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the Land of Egypt, you shall have no strange gods before me.”
And yet the people of God turn away from the Lord and create their own god, made of gold, a molten image: a bull. And God is angry so Moses intervenes on behalf of God’s people for God to relent. Moses stops God from punishing His wayward people.
During our Lenten journey, we too walk in the desert and are tempted to turn away from our Lord. Yet the words of Moses encourage us not to lose heart, not to become stiff-necked. We are called to be a people particularly God’s own. Our Lenten journey invites us to die to self, to reject sin in all its forms. One might consider the offering up of our sufferings, our isolation, our loneliness, as reparation for the sins and arrogance of God’s people. We ask God to relent in His punishment.
Jesus in today’s Gospel, invites us to see the Father through himself and the works he accomplishes. Jesus continues to reveal that he has come to offer us eternal life. The tension in Jesus’s time: many could not, or would not, believe. Jesus goes on to challenge the Jews of his day to realize that he fulfills what Moses wrote: “For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.” (John 5:46)
Today we open our hearts more deeply to the one True God and his incarnate son Jesus Christ, who offers us eternal life.
Praise be God forever! Amen.
Fr Curtis Kiddy, C.P. St Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA