Scripture: 1st Reading: Ex3,1-6,9-12; Resp. Psalm: Ps103,1-4,6-7; Gosp. Accl.: Mt11,25; Gospel: Mt11,25-27
Moses was a man of destiny. He was a man who had a mission to accomplish. Today's First Reading gives us the narrative on the beginning of that mission. Yahweh called Moses at Horeb, in the scene of the un-consumed burning bush. Yahweh revealed Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
God revealed to Moses that He had heard the cry of Israel and seen the oppression of the Egyptians against them and had decided to send Moses to Pharaoh that Moses might bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt. When Moses objected to his choice because of his perceived unworthiness, Yahweh gave him two signs to demonstrate that he would succeed in his mission: He would be with Moses and Moses on his return from Egypt with the children of Israel, would worship on Horeb.
Moses realized the enormity of the mission he was being called to. Egypt was a great nation. It's civilization was considered the most advanced of its time. Its Pharaoh was considered as a god whose word meant life or death. Its army with chariots and horsemen was seen as the most technologically advanced of its time.
It was therefore a foolhardiness that bothered on insanity to dare such power, more so when the one trying to do this has no known military might and provides free slave labour that the military overlord would do everything to perpetuate. Such was the position of great and mighty Egypt vis-a-vis Israel, the utterly disadvantaged underdog.
On its own, Israel would never have succeeded. Such an attempt would have led to Israel's total annihilation. Egypt would have totally wiped Israel off the face of the earth. But this was not Israel's project. This was Yahweh's project! With Yahweh the mighty warrior in battle, the compassionate and gracious One, who gives full justice to those who are oppressed, the whole narrative had to change.
It must not be forgotten that when God is on our side, no one can stand against us or contend with us. This is a mystery that the enemy can never understand about a committed and passionately devoted believer. The one who believes in the Son of God knows that he has overcome the world. This is because the Overcomer Himself will always abide by His promise to be with those who believe in Him.
Our Lord abides by those who trust in Him because the mysteries of the kingdom has been revealed to them, and not to the learned and clever of this world. As Son, He is the One who reveals the Father to us. In any circumstance of our lives, in whatever situation we may find ourselves, we should never forget that God sees, God remembers and at the appropriate time, God will act.
Let us pray: God our Father, we believe in your presence. We trust in your power. Manifest yourself to us in those situations of our lives that are beyond our control. Do not abandon us to our own devices. Never let the enemy triumph over us. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Rev. Fr. Anthony Igbekele