Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded him. In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was set up. Moses set up the tabernacle; he laid its bases, and set up its frames, and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars; and he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent over it; as the Lord had commanded Moses.
He took the covenant and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark, and set the mercy seat above the ark;and he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the curtain for screening, and screened the ark of the covenant; as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lordfilled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on each stage of their journey; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day that it was taken up.
For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, before the eyes of all the house of Israel at each stage of their journey.
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.
Where is God? Think about what this question would be to the Israelites! They had seen how God led them out of slavery in Egypt and gave Moses the Ten Commandments. How would God continue to be with them on their journey? At God’s direction, they brought the tablets of the commandments with them and established rituals and practices to treat the presence of God with respect.
Where is God with us today? Sometimes the presence of God is clear and striking, as we see in this passage, and other times God’s presence takes more attention and prayer to notice, perhaps in our daily Examen. Where does God dwell in your life? How can you become more aware of God’s presence in your daily life today?
—Beth Franzosa teaches in the Religious Studies department at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.
God, open my eyes to see your presence in my life, today and every day. Amen.
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