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.’
First reading for Trinity Sunday
In popular discourse, not least in debate with the secular world, God is reduced to the level of one of the gods, or some mythic figure. The glory of God, God who is source of all being, Creator of all that is, of the Universe that we are still in the process of coming to know, is too challenging for most to grapple with or seek even to contemplate.
Christian faith, informed by the faith of Israel, is that we are loved and purposed by this living Lord.
Isn’t it staggering! Let us rejoice and be glad.
Icon. Exhibition, Nantes. (c) 2016, Allen Morris