Exodus 40, 16-21, 34-38 Accompanying People in their Journey
In unending detail, the remaining chapter of Exodus, including the first reading, tells us Yahweh’s instruction to Moses about his dwelling, the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. The Lord gave Moses the furnishing of the tabernacle in which He would dwell: like the Lifestyle channel giving us tips on how to refurbish our room. And finally, when the Lord dwelt in the tabernacle, He made His presence felt by the ancient symbols of the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.
Two points are made very clear. As the commandments given to Moses, God revealed the truth about himself to the Israelites. We know what God wants and what God wills because it is concretely written in the commandments. Thus, God wanted Himself to be accessible and available to everyone. In ancient times, the dwelling of the gods is in the mountains: as
Finally, verse 38, the final verse is crucial: “For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of
The saint of the day, Blessed Peter Favre, is one of the first companions of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He is one of the founders of the Jesuits. His main attribute is his cura personalis or the personal care he gives to his fellow Jesuits. He would go on long journeys to visit and talk to fellow Jesuits assigned in different mission houses. In a way, Blessed Peter Favre’s life is like Yahweh who accompanies people by their abiding love and presence.
In our lifetime journey, we may reflect on the presence of God in our lives. Who among our friends and family embody the presence of God for us? When were the times when we felt His presence? When were the times when we felt that He was not with us in our journey?