Going Deeper 2/26/2019

The first reading for Epiphany 8...
Exodus 34:29-35   Moses came down from Mount Sinai.  As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.  When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.  But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them.  Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.  When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

This rather strange story has been understood in different ways, including by St. Paul in a text we will consider on Thursday.  I would encourage us to give thought to a symbolic application.

Jesus the Christ spoke on a couple of occasions about both Himself and His followers being "the LIGHT of the world."  In John 8, Jesus said,  "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."  In the next chapter, He said, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."  

Question: Is Jesus still "in the world"?    

In Matthew 5, Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
   
So... here is my point: Jesus is still in the world and His light shines through the "good works" of His followers.  Our ongoing encounters with God are to transform us, and while this does not mean that our faces will shine like Moses', the love and grace of God we receive transform us into what Martin Luther called 'little christs."  For our good works to truly shine, they must flow from and through from our relationship with the Triune God.

Let us keep seeking deeper and more powerful encounters with God so that His light might shine more and more brightly through our lives.

With You in Him,
Mark

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