On this Thursday of the Third Week of Lent, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.
God hears His people crying out to Him from captivity in Egypt. So He tasks Moses with delivering the Israelites from Egypt—Moses, who was already rejected by his kinfolk and hunted by Pharaoh for murdering an Egyptian.
Moses—very much aware of his status in Egypt and among the Israelites—resists God’s call.
First: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
After his initial resistance, Moses finally goes to Egypt. The Israelites are receptive to Moses—at first. But when Pharaoh begins to come down hard on the Israelites, the Israelites blame Moses.
This makes me wonder—who has God sent to “deliver” me from evil? How have I received God’s messengers?
- When I get “nagging” calls from the Membership Director of the local Knights of Columbus Council, do I view him as an annoyance, or do I recognize him as sent by God to deliver me by offering me fellowship and service opportunities?
- When my wife points out a flaws in my behavior or actions to help me improve, do I hear “nag nag nag” or do I accept the message in the spirit she intends it?
- And when my son makes a valid point in response to my rebuke, do I respond in pride—“I’m your father!”—or do I accept his wise observations?
God regularly sends messengers to help deliver me from my human condition, my weaknesses, my fallen nature. When I reject His messengers, I reject Him.
Likewise, when I reject His call to deliver messages to others, I again reject Him. How many opportunities does He present me to evangelize? Do I recognize these opportunities? Do I reject them, or shy away (“please, Lord, send someone else!”).