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From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
One of the most famous figures in Biblical history is that of Moses. Born Hebrew, his mother tried to save his life when the king of Egypt decreed that all Hebrew boys should be killed. This was an attempt by the Pharaoh to control the Hebrew population, which was growing exponentially, compared to those children born of the Egyptians. His mother hid him in a basket that was then discovered by the Pharaoh’s daughter who rescued him and unknowingly summoned Moses’ own mother to nurse him. As an adult, Moses discovered his true nationality and thus began the tension between he and Pharaoh’s other sons and family. God had a special relationship with Moses and spoke to him as one speaks to another. Great signs and wonders God worked through him in front of Pharaoh and his people.
Today’s first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy is almost in the style of a prophecy where God indicates that He will raise up an heir to Moses who will continue the great relationship, intimacy, and powerful signs for the people. Many who study the holy scriptures see that word of prophecy fulfilled in the life, teaching, and powerful deeds of Jesus. Jesus is often called the “New Moses.” Just like Moses who was rescued as a baby and his life spared from Pharaoh’s wrath, so too Jesus was spared from death as a child from the slaughter of the innocence ordered by King Herod. God initiates Moses and calls him to action through the sign of the burning bush and Jesus is affirmed in His call and direction at His baptism in the Jordan by John. Just like Moses who worked signs and wonders by the power of God Jesus does likewise. Unlike other teachers who rely upon other powerful rabbinical writings and sayings, Jesus speaks with authority on His own and with power even in the presence of demons who have no choice, but to obey him. May we renew our profession of faith each day that Jesus is the “New Moses;” the Messiah of God.