Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Today, in Mercy, we read the last episode in Moses’ life – and it’s powerful.

Nobody likes great stories to end, but they do. Some of you may be old enough to remember the most watched series finale of all time: MASH. The final episode drew nearly 106 million viewers, most of whom had mixed emotions as they said, “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” (the episode title).

Moses may have had some mixed emotions too as God invited him to a much greater destination than the one Moses had focused on for forty years.

But perhaps after all that time, and all his interaction with God, Moses clearly understood that we have no real home here in this world. Here, we are only visitors. We were made for greater “mansions”.

When Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho”, God allowed Moses to look out over the long Promised Land.

Then, Deuteronomy tells us, God said:

“This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that I would give to their descendants. I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over.”

Wow! Was that the “Big Fail”???? After forty years, you don’t get the prize, Moses? I don’t think so.

I think when we’ve done the best we can to live a decent life, to honor God and care for others, God doesn’t say, “You don’t get the prize!” I think God says, “I have a greater prize ready for you – a Promised Land you had not even imagined! Cross over into my Kingdom.”

It may be for some of us, particularly as we age, that we regret some of the things we either did or failed to do in our lifetime. We may feel a little like Moses climbing Horeb. Oh my, what a surprise God, Who is Lavish Mercy, has for us at the top of the hill.

Music: Eye Has Not Seen – Marty Haugen

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