Readings: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 103:1-11; 1 Cor 10:1-12; Luke 13:1-9
Moses has fled Egypt in fear of his life and is tending his father-in-law’s flock when he has his first profound experience of God. God sends Moses to the Israelites and Moses’ calling card: ‘I AM sent me to you’. I am who am – God of the eternal present. God who is with us in every now.
As we continue our Lenten journey, it is possible that the realisation of our faults can become a little overwhelming. This is where the response in today’s psalm bears remembering: The Lord is kind and merciful. For the God that is always with us, we are always loved. That love doesn’t want us to beat ourselves up over our mistakes, real or perceived. Rather that love should liberate us to be and act as our best selves.
This notion is borne out in the Gospel. Rather than judging ourselves or others for human failings in some kind of final way, better to pay heed to the parable – hold off on a final judgment on ourselves and others. Better to feed ourselves spiritually and see if we bear fruit.
This begs the question: am I feeding myself spiritually and if so, how? There are all of the ways that easily come to mind in a religious context, such as prayer. But pursuing this idea of God being with us in every now – may we be truly present to ourselves and others in our relationships. Also, may we allow God’s grace to move us while in nature. It is a wonder and a miracle! But because it is always there, we may not allow ourselves to be touched by it.
When we feed ourselves spiritually, we will be closer to our best selves and more likely to hear God speaking to us.