Exodus 3:1â€“8a, 13â€“15
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€˜I 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€˜Moses, Moses!â€™ And he said, â€˜Here I am.â€™ Then he said, â€˜Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.â€™ He said further, â€˜I 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€˜I 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€˜If I come to the Israelites and say to them, â€œThe God of your ancestors has sent me to youâ€, and they ask me, â€œWhat is his name?â€ what shall I say to them?â€™ God said to Moses, â€˜I am who I am.â€™ He said further, â€˜Thus you shall say to the Israelites, â€œI am has sent me to you.â€ â€™ God also said to Moses, â€˜Thus you shall say to the Israelites, â€œThe 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 for ever,
and this my title for all generations.
There were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, â€˜Do 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€˜A 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€œSee 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€œSir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round 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.