Third Sunday of Lent – Moses

Since that moment, after God gave His name to Moses, began one continuing dialogue between God and Moses.  This one left and walked through-out the desert with the shepherd’s crook of God.

Along this itinerary, with such marvelous things and difficulties that will lead him to the Sinai, Moses went, each time, more and more into God’s intimacy, wishing that presence never quit himself.  He won’t cease praying, imploring and even insisting as the importunate friend we meet in the Gospel and all his prayer, as well as the one of Abraham will rely on since this moment, only on the same word of God: You told me…

“Moses said to the Lord: ‘See, thou sayest to me,’ “Bring up this people;” But thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me.  Yet thou hast said, “I know you by name and you have also found favor in my sight.”’”     (Ex 33, 12)

The highness of Moses doesn’t consist in the power given by God to defeat the Pharaoh or to guide the people among so many difficulties no more than to be a prophet.

His highness has its roots in the deepest love for his Lord, above all other gifts received from God; he was willingly and cordially the true servant of God, and not to have been chosen for the special mission he received.

The highness of Moses has been revealed to us by God himself.

“If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream.  Not so with my servant Moses; he is entrusted with all my house.  With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in dark speech; and he beholds the form of the Lord.”     (Nm 12, 6)

The highness of Moses is in his intimacy with the Lord.

“He was faithful in all God’s house as a servant but Christ was faithful over God’s house as a son.  And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope.”     (Heb 3, 2-5)

(Extract of En la escuela de los grandes orantes, by Jacques Loew.)

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