‘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 account of Moses and the burning bush: ‘Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 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’.

The repetition of Moses’ name is an indication that this is a solemn moment. Moses is on the mountain of God, and God reveals Himself; as St Peter would later say, ‘We were with Him on the holy mountain’.

Today, let us take the opportunity to ‘turn aside’ from our daily tasks, to really listen to the true voice of God which speaks within s, and may God bless you in this.