Thursday, December 18, 2008

O Adonai

Isaiah 11:4-5; 33:22

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

Fire burned and did not consume the bush. From that fire, Adonai spoke to Moses and called him by his name. In that place where bush, fire and Adonai met, even the ground beneath Moses became too holy for his feet.

In Jesus, our humanity, fire and Adonai once again meet. From that confluence, Adonai still calls to us by name and speaks to to us with a voice more familiar than our own. And when we turn toward this calling, we know without being told that the very ground of our lives has become more sacred than we have ever even imagined.

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