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Wednesday in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

My dear encountered couples:

How would you like to have been Moses? Our first reading today tells us about God calling Moses over to the burning bush and informing him that he was to lead the Jewish people out from their slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. That was not music to the ears of Moses. It was about the last thing he wanted to do. But God insisted.

“I will be with you; and this shall be your proof that it is I who have sent you: when you bring my people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this very mountain.”

There are many things we find ourselves having to do that we don’t want to do. No matter what jobs or careers or vocations we have there are things connected to all of them we would rather not do. Those are times when we really need God. Either to get us out of having to do what we don’t want to do, or helping us get up the courage and strength to do it. Moses couldn’t have budged Pharaoh one iota towards letting the Jewish people go if it hadn’t been for God. There are many things we certainly cannot do except for the help of God. Come to think of it there’s nothing we can do except for the help of God.

Do you know what you and I are called to do? Not only cooperate with God to get ourselves to heaven, but help lead other people to heaven. By our words and example, we are to help lead other people out of spiritual slavery to the freedom of Christ. Sounds over-whelming, doesn’t it? More than we are capable of. Who are we to think we can do that?

Like Moses we find ourselves with a job we might not want to have. But all Christians are called upon to do just that. If God could make a success out of the efforts of Moses, he can certainly do the same with our efforts. God makes the impossible possible. Are we willing to take the chance?

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