Moses at the Burning Bush
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said further, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
There's an old saying, curiosity killed the cat. Cats by nature are very curious creatures. They are often peeking and poking. Our new puppy must be a reincarnated cat, because he peeks and pokes into everything. If he isn't sure about something, he tries to chew it and eat it.
Likewise, Moses is curious. Who wouldn't be. Something is on fire, and yet isn't being consumed. What does that? He investigates by looking more closely at the bush from different angles.
The important factor here isn't how or why it is happening. God has used it as a sign to get Moses' attention.
In this scientific age, we want to know the how and why for everything. Why did someone say that or do that? How does that work? Why has that changed?
In a world of Covid19, where did it start? Why did it start? When will it end? But are these the important questions? Right now? Today? For a second, let's assume that it is a burning bush and God simply wants to get our attention. Does our God have our attention? We may pay attention for awhile, but some of us are weary and no longer want to think about it. What does God want us to do? Does God want us to live life like nothing has changed? Or does God want us to live in a way that shows that we love each other by protecting each other, by sheltering each other, by caring for each other?
How do you respond to God's latest burning bush?
Dear God, let us live life that respects God and science collectively and collaboratively. Let us wear masks in public as a way of caring for each other. This is my prayer to God! Amen.