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15th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, 17-07-19

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12 / Matthew 11:25-27

God appears to Moses: The bush burned but was not consumed.


There wasn’t anything strange about a dry bush catching fire in the desert and burning. It still happens in desert countries. What is unusual, however, is that the fire did not destroy the bush. Moses discovered this to be a sign of God’s special presence. Fire signaled God’s presence in other sections of the Bible. A column of fire guided the Israelites in the desert. (Exodus 13:21) A fiery smoke indicated God’s presence on Mt. Sinai when Moses received the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 19:18). The Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in the form of fiery tongues. (Acts 2:3). Why is fire a good symbol of God’s presence? “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” E. B. Browning

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As much as we have the ability to see and to hear, yet the power of observation is like a variable factor.

 So as much as we see and hear a lot of things, we also exercise selective seeing and selective hearing.

 Then from what we want to see and want to hear, the next thing is what is it that captures our attention or our interest, and that will be the object of our observation.

 In the 1st reading, what captured the attention and interest of Moses was the bush that was blazing but it was not being burnt up.

 His curiosity led him towards the burning bush, and that was when the Lord God called out to him and revealed His plan for him.

 Of course it was the strange sight of the bush that was blazing but not being burnt up that caught the attention and interest of Moses and he went further to observe it.

 We may not have this unique experience of seeing a burning bush as what Moses had.

 Nonetheless God still reveals Himself to us in what we see and hear, and what catches our attention and interest.

 And when we "observe" all these signs in prayer, then God will reveal Himself to us and prompt us to discover His will for us.

 So we need to have the heart of a little child to observe and look deeply at the things around us. Then we will know that God speaks to us all the time, and reveals Himself to us in those situations where He wants His will to be done.