The first reading on Sunday, Trinity Sunday, comes from Deuteronomy, and presents Moses calling the people to more deeply know the God who has called them out of Egypt and gifted them the promise of a land…
Moses said to the people: ‘Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors – all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt?
‘Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.’
The same invitation is there for us, who are offered salvation by the Lord. A gift that calls us on a journey of conversion, but a journey eased with God’s love and mercy every step, however hard the step, however challenging.
We, who like the people of Israel addressed by Moses, are not yet good, find our every hlep in the Lord. They found it difficult to believe, or at least to hold on to that belief.
- Pray for strengthening of faith and trust.
Photograph of supplicant figure from the Abbaye of Montamjour, Arles, France. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.