Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Homily for 19 July 2017

19 July 2017

Moses went to see the burning bush.  But he didn’t go over there looking for God; he just went over to look at a bush.  He went out of curiosity—you know, it’s not every day that you see a bush on fire, and the flame isn’t burning up anything.  So he went over to check it out.  And that’s when he stumbled upon God.

Moses took a few steps toward the seemingly impossible, toward the mysterious, and that’s when he encountered God.

Of course, we live in an age where humans like to think we have the universe figured out.  We don’t often hear about the mysteries of the universe, or the mysteries of the world, or the mysteries of faith.  And that’s too bad, because our growth in faith almost depends on a healthy appreciation of the mysterious, the unknown, and the curiosities of life.

Jesus praised the Father because “although [he had] hidden these things from the wise and the learned, [he had] revealed them to the childlike.”  Moses was being like a little child when he went to check out that burning bush.  And if we want to encounter God, a good place to start seems to be remember what it’s like to be a child—a curious child.

We look at birth, we look at death, and we wonder: What’s going on there?  How does that work?  We hear the words of Scripture and might say: Huh?  I don’t get it.  We come to the altar and we’re told this is part of the heavenly banquet that we’re sharing in.  The wise may say, “I don’t think so.”  But the childlike say, “Tell me more.”

Blessed are the pure of heart, the curious and childlike of heart: for they will see God.

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