I am wearing shorts today, for the first time this year. Spring is near. That’s the good part; now the bad part: the damn mocking bird outside my bedroom window every morning. I’ve tried the “St. Francis thing of asking it to stop singing; alas without success. Maybe its now time to get my BB gun out!
Today’s reflection is on God’s wrath to those that break their covenant with Him!
Quote or Joke of the Day:
The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
With that, the LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved. They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it, sacrificing to it and crying out, ‘This is your God, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’ I see how stiff-necked this people is,” continued the LORD to Moses. “Let me alone, then, that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them. Then I will make of you a great nation.” (NAB Ex 32: 7-10)
No one is happy when mom is not happy! How much worse can it be, when the only entity greater than “mom,” is mad. Making God angry will have some serious consequences associated with it. Time-out for God is for these people, forty years in a barren desert. I love the beach, but forty years of sand in your pants can get old.
Moses was up in the mountain for forty days. The people at the base of the mountain had no idea what was happening for these many days without Moses. They probably thought that Moses had abandoned them, or that he even died on the mountain.
Have you noticed that forty days is associated with a times of trial? Moses forty days in the mountain; Jesus in the desert for forty days with the devil; raining for forty days and nights with the great flood; and the Philistine giant tempting the Israelite army twice daily for forty days prior to fighting David, just to name a few.
Did the Israelites turn away from God? Making a molten calf seems to support this; or does it? Maybe the golden calf was intended as an image, and not a false god. The calf may have represented the LORD himself, with his strength being symbolized by the strength of a young bull. Whatever the case, the Israelites had been forbidden to represent the Lord under any visible form (See Exodus 20:4).
God had a covenant with the Israelites. A covenant is like a contract, but it has a stronger bond that is without any end. God was pissed-off. He had destroyed human society several times in the bible: the great flood, Sodom, Gomorrah. What could stop Him from burning everything down, and starting over?
Moses does! Moses will go on to plead for His people. In a sense, He saves the Israelite nation, by coming back into a true relationship with God. They take their “time-out,” and are eventually given a great place to make as their homeland. It only took a short time in the relative scheme of things with God. They passed their test!
“Lord God, please help me on my journey to your homeland; heaven. Please stay with me on my journey. Amen”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: St. Salvator of Horta
Saint Salvator of Horta, d. 1567. Franciscan confessor. Born at Santa Colomba, Gerona, Spain, he was orphaned as a child and became a shoemaker before joining the Franciscans in Barcelona as a lay brother. He worked for many years as a humble cook in the friary of Horta, near Tortosa, dying at the friary of Caliari, Sardinia. During his life, he was known for his many and severe austerities and his miracles. He was canonized in 1938.
(Source: Catholic Online)
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #18:
Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.