Sunday, February 21, 2016

Approaching Holiness

Carey Walsh in her book Chasing Mystery proposes Moses in the story of the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-15) as a model for approaching mystery.  Moses pauses to check out this bush.  A fourth grader told me once that it was burning up but not burning down.  Divine presence is inviting rather than coercive.  It's as if God were saying, "If Moses notices the difference, then I shall speak to him."  God is waiting, not to see if Moses merits a revelation, but to see if he is receptive, ready for a relationship.  Moses slows down and pays attention to "the ordinary, from which the holy blooms."

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