I am who am.” A fascinating name. One held with tremendous reverence. In respect for our Jewish sisters and brothers, who believe that the Divine name is too holy to be spoken, recently the church has asked that we not use the name ‘Yahweh’ in the liturgy. Songs like “Yahweh is the God of our salvation” are out. But there is more to this reading. Moses has a mission that is central to God’s plan, and the process begins as any healthy relationship does – God shares who he is: I’m the God of your fathers. I’m the one who has heard the cry of the people. I am the one who has come down to rescue them (and us). I know their suffering (and ours). I will lead them to the Promised Land. God begins with self-revelation. As the story unfolds, Moses will open himself up to God, share ever more deeply. Deuteronomy 34:10 tells us “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.” God shares with us the divine identity throughout the scriptures. Lent is a good time to ask: how am I doing sharing the real me with God?

Monday, February 29, 2016