Daily Office Readings for Wednesday after the 4th Sunday of Easter: Year 2
“For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, and I will decide what to do to you.” (Exodus 33:5)
I guess “stiff-necked” is a good way to describe our arrogance toward people who differ from us or our ungratefulness towards God, forgetting all that God has done, and is doing, for us.. Moreover, God lets them (and us) know that the pureness, goodness and immediate presence of God would be detrimental to our physical well-being if we are not on a path of purity.
This reminds me of a Russian priest (I forget his name) who said that when we die, our soul gravitates towards God. And as our souls get close to the divine, whatever it has about it that is not good and loving begins to disintegrate. This could happen to the point that there is nothing of us left of us. This journey of our soul could be our destruction in whole or in part depending on what we can rid ourselves of now while we have time. This may even explain the innocence of babies and young ones. They haven’t had time to be corrupted yet.
So, my beloved in the Lord, we, like the Israelites in the wilderness, are on a journey. Whatever it is that makes our necks stiff, let’s rid ourselves of it now so that when our souls are on its journey home little of it will be lost on the Way.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John