Second Thursday of Advent
"Moses went up to the mountain of God. Then the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying: ‘...tell the Israelites: You have seen how I treated the Egyptians and how I bore you up on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now, if you obey me completely and keep my covenant, you will be my treasured possession among all peoples, though all the earth is mine. You will be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.’” Ex. 19:3-6
Reflection: The Lord sends Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt after over 400 years of slavery. He gives His people the Law that will govern them for centuries to come, a law meant to protect them from the nations around them that will seek to lead them astray from the Lord. Prayer: God our Father, we are often tempted to view Your guidance and rules as negative restrictions that limit our freedom. Help us to see that every law You give us is meant to protect us from being separated from You. Amen.