Taken from Catholic Exchange by Dr. Mark Giszczak
May 31, 2015
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
First Reading: Deut 4:32-34, 39-40
Usually, our heads are down. We’re working, thinking, getting through the day. We have a lot to do and it takes determination to get it done. But do you ever have those moments—perhaps when you step outside and take that first breath of fresh air on an exceptionally beautiful day, or when you are in the midst of something and are reminded of an old friend—where time stops for a second and you realize just how amazing it all is? Maybe it is when a child asks you how far away the stars are or you come to see how unbelievably complex a living cell is and your breath is taken away. As much as we’d like to, we can’t have those wonder-moments all the time. They are rare, but nonetheless important.
In this Sunday’s reading, Moses asks the Israelites similarly to step back for a moment and take it all in, to wonder at what God has done. He has just recounted for them the story of how God delivered them from Egypt and all of the amazing things that have happened since. The people have personally received God’s law at Mount Sinai. God himself spoke to them. They have defeated impossible odds in battle with God’s help and he is slowly leading them to the promised land. Moses himself has been barred from entering the promised land, but he recognizes this as part of God’s plan too—a way for God to teach his people about holiness and sin. What is amazing and wonderful from Moses’ view is that this kind of thing has never happened before. He challenges the people to proffer an example of this kind of divine involvement:
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. (Deut 4:32 RSV)
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