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, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.”
When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
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.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I 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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In late June, over 500 Jesuit educators from Canada and US gathered for a conference at Loyola University Chicago. In his keynote address, Mike Gilson, SJ, challenged the group to acknowledge the power of fear… but not to let fear have the final word.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
There is the question for me: who am I that I should [fill in the blank] for God? Moses’ fear is so refreshingly human. I ask his question every morning – recognizing my human frailty, selfishness, and well, normalness.
“I will be with you”
Just as God called Moses, I find myself called to go forth – to speak up for the voiceless, stand up to oppressors, and reach out in love. Like Moses, I ask God every day “who am I?” and everyday God responds “I will be with you.” We can find courage in God’s presence as we step out into the world.
—Jen LaMaster is the Assistant Principal at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, IN.
God of my life,
I give you thanks and praise that I have life,
and that my life is filled with touches of your love.
You have given me a heart that wants to be happy,
and You have placed in me a desire to make a difference.
Quiet the fears and distractions of my heart long enough
for me to listen to the movement of Your Spirit,
to hear your gentle invitation.
Reveal to me the choices that will make me happy.
Help me to discover my identity.
Let me understand how best to use the gifts
You have so lovingly lavished upon me
in preparation for our journey together.
And give me the courage to choose You
as You have chosen me.
Lord, let me know myself and let me know You.
In this is my happiness. Amen.
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