For the guardians of tradition and authors of the scriptures, Israel’s time in Egypt came to represent alienation from God. The first Passover, in flight, represented escape from slavery. The Passover we hear in our 1st reading today is the culmination of events, God’s promise of freedom fulfilled. From alienation and slavery, to a time of testing in the desert; finally, freedom in the Promised Land. Think of folks in our world today, oppressed by the slavery of violence and conflict. Pray they may experience a first Passover, escape from a life that has become untenable. Pray too that one day they will experience what our brothers and sisters did millennia ago, when they entered the Promised Land and could finally eat the yield of the land. Other connections the reading invites us to consider: crossing the Red Sea, crossing the Jordan, crossing into new life through the waters of Baptism.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016