Daily Reflection for Monday, July 26, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Exodus 32: 15-24, 30-34
Responsorial: Psalm 106: 19-20, 21-22, 23
Gospel: Matthew 13: 31-35
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
Moses said to his people: “You have committed a grave sin. I will go up to the LORD, then; perhaps I may be able to make atonement for your sin” …. The LORD answered, “Him only who has sinned against me will I strike out of my book. Now, go and lead the people to the place I have told you…” Exodus 32: 33, 34a.
Especially when our country seems so divided, it is easy and tempting for me often to judge people with whom I disagree. I can see bumper stickers, tee shirts, tattoos, or various flags waving in yards, and I often judge the political leanings of the people displaying them. And too often, I am tempted to also judge their morals, their compassion, their humanity, even if they are true followers of the teachings of Jesus.
All that judgement from a simple outward symbol the person is wearing or displaying. The symbol can even be a cross on a necklace if it’s on a person spewing something with which I disagree. I can judge and wonder how that person can pretend to be a follower of Jesus.
In today’s reading from Exodus, Moses determines that “his people” have committed a “grave sin.” Moses judges the people, but also hopes he can appeal to God to make atonement for that sin.
Scripture tells us that Moses was remarkably close to God and experienced God physically and visually. He even had conversations with God. Yet even his close relationship to God did not make Moses the supreme judge.
God tells Moses, in effect, “Moses, remember that I am God. I will determine what sin is, and I will take care of it. Now you get on with the work I’ve given to you which is to lead the people.”
If someone as close to God as Moses needed to be reminded that God is the One who gets to judge, then I had better refrain from judging as well. I need to remember that regardless of what we wear, what flags we wave, or what bumper stickers are on our cars, we all—every one of us—are children of God, and made in the image and likeness of God.
Peace and blessings,