Scripture: 1st Reading: Exodus2,1-15; Resp. Psalm: Ps69,3,14,30-31,33-34; Gosp. Accl.: Ps95,7-8; Gospel: Mt11,20-24
God works in mysterious ways. Many times in life, we do not understand the workings of God because God is infinite wisdom and perfection. His ways are above our ways; His thoughts above our thoughts. Though we do not understand, He works unto good for those who follow and obey Him.
God works through the little and the great things of life. When He plans to intervene in a decisive way in a matter that concerns His creatures for which they cry to Him, He prepares the instruments He would use. Many times the instruments are quite unsuitable, "faceless", unknown, without any known human honour.
Moses was born like any other Hebrew boy. He was destined to die as a result of Pharaoh's decree that every male Hebrew child must die so that the Jewish people would not multiply. After his birth, they could keep him for three months only before the murderous enforcers of Pharaoh would come knocking. So the mother took him to the Nile to die. But God had other plans for Moses!
Moses was not to die. In a mysterious twist that bears all the imprint of Yahweh on it, Moses was saved by the daughter of Pharaoh, given back to his mother to be nursed (and the mother paid for this!), and adopted by her as her son. God did not just rescue Moses because of the mission He was going to entrust to him, he blessed his mother too for her troubles over and love for her baby boy!
The word of God today makes us to understand that in spite of living in a well protected glass house, Moses forgot not to throw a stone. Moses was disturbed by the sufferings of his people. The Spirit of Yahweh roused in him terrible indignation towards the plight of the Israelites and because of this, he murdered an Egyptian who was maltreating a Jew and had to flee when he discovered that his "secret" had been uncovered.
Yahweh was going to use this simple, rusty, unknown instrument to carry out great deeds for Him. Yahweh sent him to the house of Pharaoh himself so that he could learn at close quarters the ways of the enemy and thus prepare himself to confront them when the time eventually arose. That was why later in the story of Israel's liberation, Moses was completely unafraid of the Pharaoh.
Yahweh was going to answer His people at the time of favour. At the appointed time, Yahweh was going to show His salvation to His people. The people knew their need of God and cried unto Him in their distress. This was not the case with the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Caparnaum, three cities in which our Lord ministered with a lot of energy and attention.
Our Lord returned time and again to these three cities. They experienced His miracles, heard His teachings and saw the messianic signs He performed and yet remained obdurate, stuck in their ways and completely unrepentant. The more they listened to His voice, the more they hardened their hearts to His message. The verdict these cities pronounced on themselves was clear: they were brought down to Hades; they did not remain; they did not survive; they were all destroyed! What is left of these three cities today are just archaeological remains.
Israel cried to God. God prepared His vessel, Moses, to accomplish His mission to His people. Let us listen to His voice, speaking to us even sometimes in avenues we least expect it. Let us listen to His word, speaking to us daily and challenging us to go to the higher ground.
Let us pray: Eternal and merciful God, you prepared Moses for the mission of saving your people. Moses listened and cooperated with you. Give us listening ears and willing hearts to carry out the mission you have entrusted to us so that we may attain the salvation you have promised and bring the same salvation to the ends of the earth. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.