18 Wed Jul 2007
Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12
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. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.â€
But Moses said to God, â€œWho am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?â€ He said, â€œI will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.â€
At that time Jesus said, â€œI thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
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.