19 Jul 2007
Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him, 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.
Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and say to them, â€˜The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying: I have given heed to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt. I declare that I will bring you up out of the misery of Egypt, to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.â€™ They will listen to your voice; and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, â€˜The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; let us now go a three daysâ€™ journey into the wilderness, so that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.â€™ I know, however, that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders that I will perform in it; after that he will let you go.
Jesus said: â€œCome to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.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.