‘O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, who appearedst in the Bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gavest him the law of Sinai: Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm’.

Here is the passage about the bush: ‘And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.” Then he said, “Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God’.

St Francis de Sales once commented that God speaks to us out of the thorny bush, but we prefer the gentle voice of the breeze. How true! These times are indeed thorny, but if we listen, we will yet hear that still small voice coming to us out of that very thorny place.

May we be granted the grace truly to listen, and may God bless you this day.