07/03/2010

The following reflection is by Fr.Tom Cahill

A google a day keeps the doctor away, researchers have found. Surfing the Net, even more than reading, boosts the brain. And its effects last long after the surfing stops. One theory holds that surfing stretches the brain by making it perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Fine! But letís not forget what drives the search in the first place. And I donít mean the hard drive. I mean curiosity. Were this lacking there would be no activity. Curiosity stimulates the search.

Itís what puts Moses in touch with God in our First Reading today. (Exod 3:1-8, 13-15) He sees something that arouses his curiosity: a burning bush thatís not consumed. His curiosity gets the better of him and because it does we discover two very important things; about God: he cares for us; about human beings: weíre holy. God tells Moses to come no closer and to take off his sandals because heís on holy ground Ė Godís turf. I used to think that he was letting Moses know how unworthy he was to approach him. How wrong I was!

God is saying the exact opposite. Not being gods we must maintain some distance from him, yet nothing should come between us, not even a pair of sandals. Only what comes directly from the hand of God is worthy to be near him Ė hence the naked sole. Moses is a murderer. Yet God calls him. Itís easy to see God through goodness. But can we see him when evil blocks the view? If not, then letís remember a murderer and a burning bush.
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