Exodus 2:11-3:22; Matthew 17:10-27; Psalm 22:1-18; Proverbs 5:17-24
Murderer Moses and Disciples of Little Faith
Look at Moses, the greatest prophet of the Hebrew people, the bringer of the 10 Commandments. Look at the disciples—our churches are named St. Peter’s, St. Thomas’, St. Matthew’s. Look at them, sinful and faithless.
And yet as the psalm says, they are not put to shame. They are raised up by God, they raise themselves up because of the glory of God that is revealed in this world, in the power and wonder of God’s action in creation, in the power and wonder of Jesus’ loving sacrifice for the world.
We are quick to judge those who really mess up their lives in this world. We are quick to judge those who run away from their wrong-doings. We are quick to judge those who do not use the power that they are given, the gifts they are given by God for right purposes. We are quick to judge, but we must always be quick to look to God for redemption, for hope for that second, third, and fourth chance that we are promised in God.
That goes for you, too. What draws you from the love of God? What power did you think you had that seems to have left you? Look to God for action and direction. Look to Jesus as the perfecter of all power. You are not forsaken, and God is not far from your cry.
The Rev. Alison P. Harrity
St. Richard’s Episcopal Church
Winter Park, FL