St Michael, Cornhill
Sunday October 19th 2014
But in some ways none of this humility, or uncertainty is new in our understanding of our world. Our three fascinating readings are clear indications of this. We began with Moses ascending the holy mountain in the hope of a vivid, perhaps even a visual encounter with God. We have been up that mountain with Moses already in the past few weeks. But our reading today was very explicit. Let me remind you: ‘Moses said: “I pray thee show me thy glory.” God’s reply to Moses sets the scene for all generations: ‘And God said: “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name…But you cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live.”
Throughout the Old and New Testaments the nearness of God is proclaimed, but our God is a God who hides himself. Mark’s Gospel, the earliest gospel in the New Testament, has Jesus, time and again, talking in terms of secrecy. Even when the women discover the empty tomb and learn of Jesus’ resurrection, we read: ‘...trembling and astonishment came upon them; and they said nothing to anyone for they were afraid.’ Dramatically these four words conclude Mark’s Gospel: ‘for they were afraid.’ What an ending to any story!
We began with science and our inability to trap an electron or picture a light wave. How remarkable it is to see that our understanding of the reality of God parallels and even underpins a proper view of modern scientific theory. God said: ‘I will be gracious to whom I am gracious but you cannot see my face.’
Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God
Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael