11 Sun Mar 2007
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, â€œI must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.â€ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, â€œMoses, Moses!â€ And he said, â€œHere I am.â€ Then he said, â€œCome no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.â€ He said further, â€œI am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.â€ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, â€œI have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But Moses said to God, â€œIf I come to the Israelites and say to them, â€˜The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,â€™ and they ask me, â€˜What is his name?â€™ what shall I say to them?â€ God said to Moses, â€œI AM WHO I AM.â€ He said further, â€œThus you shall say to the Israelites, â€˜I AM has sent me to you.â€™â€œ God also said to Moses, â€œThus you shall say to the Israelites, â€˜The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to youâ€™: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.
1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.
Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, â€œDo you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on themâ€”do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.â€
Then he told this parable: â€œA man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, â€˜See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?â€™ He replied, â€˜Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.â€™â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.