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Thursday, May 20, 2010

On Holy Ground

“God called out to [Moses] from the bush, "Moses! Moses! . . . Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground” (Exodus 3:4, 5).

From a distance, mountains stand majestically against the horizon. Walk on those same mountains and they appear unremarkable – layered with rocks, shrubs, trees, grasses and wild flowers.

From a distance, I'm sure the mountain mentioned here in Exodus appeared majestic. Up close, as Moses shepherded his sheep, I'm equally sure the mountainside appeared as unremarkable as any other.

But then God entered the unremarkable -- and His presence transformed it into a holy place. And Moses "hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God” (Exodus 3:6).

Fear is a good starting place when it comes to being in God’s presence.

Fear.

And reverence.

All Christians have the privilege to meet God in prayer and through the Scriptures. However, Catholic Christians recognize we also meet God physically, as Moses did – not in a burning bush, but in the consecrated bread and cup. “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?” St. Paul reminded the Corinthians. “The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16).

When we approach Christ in the bread, it is appropriate to bow in reverence before Him. And when we approach, or pass by Christ in the cup, He is no less present.

And we are still on holy ground.

1 comment:

yourseniorness said...

I often hit the wrong key; see my previous post. When I met Mary we did the talking thing; She called me a couple weeks later and said: "Remember what you said about not missing Mass and that you could count the number of times you had on both hands; however you did not go because you were holy but more because if you did not go; there was something missing in your life: well there is something missing in my life and I have started back to church"
The destination is HEAVEN; here it is a journey. AYHTDI look for
god's plan and 'be joyful.