Trinity Sunday - Year A
COME ALONG IN OUR COMPANY
The dramatic scene in the first reading shows God confronting Moses on a mountain. The Lawgiver had first encountered the Lord in a burning bush on this peak. Now he returns to meet God, having achieved the goal of freeing the Israelites. Moses knows that this is not the final stop. He will have to continue to the promised land. He boldly asks God to "come along".
Moses is thinking of the common belief of the time that each God presides over a specific area and is confined to that place. He asks the Lord to journey with the group--to become a nomad. This will lead to the realization that the One God is universal and not "trapped" in one place. It is the start of humanity's understanding of an infinite person--a God bigger than the universe.
Today it is not considered to be politically correct to refer to physical or mental handicaps. We are supposed to use euphemisms to avoid dealing with them. But God is handicapped. This handicap is self-imposed. If a professional athlete plays a sport against an amateur or anyone less skilled, the athlete will handicap himself deliberately by allowing the other person a head-start or other advantage. A golf pro will give his score extra strokes to permit a lesser player to have a fighting chance.
In the same way, God deliberately assumes a handicap in dealing with us. God does not want to take away our free will. He will not force us to do right, even when it leads to our salvation. God sent his Son to become a limited human and save us by means that are available to us. Part of this, of course, involved divine grace--but that grace is also within our grasp. God did not come to condemn us to limited life and death--he came to teach us the path to eternal life.
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