Monthly Scripture Reflection

“A merciful and gracious God”
Exodus 34:6

June starts with the lovely feast of the Most Holy Trinity. In the first reading from Exodus, the Lord himself called to Moses and said, “The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” A grateful Moses bowed down and asked God to please pardon this “stiff-necked people” and accept them “as your own.” Isn’t that a plea we can also echo?

The Epistle that first Sunday encourages people to “live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” And it is here that we hear the first Trinitarian greeting: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” How often do we rattle off the “Glory Be…” without thinking of the beauty of the relationship it entails?

The rest of the readings this month are like a litany of the various ways God has had and continues his loving care of us.

  • “God so loved the world…gave his only son.”
  • Believe in him and have eternal life.
  • Brought us out of slavery, gave us water.
  • Led us through the desert and fed us manna.
  • In “cup of blessing” and “bread we break” we participate in Christ.
  • We are one body because of partaking in one loaf.
  • To “live forever,” “remain in me and I in Him.”
  • Jeremiah’s “mighty companion” who “rescued the poor.”
  • Adam’s sin affected all, but gift of Jesus “overflows for the many.”
  • “Proclaim on the housetops” and fear not.
  • “Everyone who acknowledges me I will acknowledge before my Heavenly Father.”
  • We die with Christ, so also live with him in “newness of life.”
  • “Whoever receives you receives me.”

As Covid-19 continues its ravages, we long to return to what we had before. Let us not be “stiff-necked” people demanding to do it our way. For, O God

“To you I have entrusted my cause.”
Jeremiah 20:12

Terry Schulte, MASL