“And behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed” Ex 3 : 2
This Sunday we get a powerful reading from the book of Exodus that shows so much of our relationship with God, and His relationship with us.
Moses is doing his daily work, shepherding the flock of his father-in-law and he notices something out of the ordinary-the burning bush. We can see a few different things happening here: God meets us in the ordinary and attract us from there. Moses himself decides to turn to investigate something that seems fantastic, even in the midst of his ordinary circumstances. God does not pull Moses by damaging his free will, but instead attracts those who keep their eyes open and stay attentive.
When Moses investigates the bush, he finds that it is burning, but not consumed. Here we have a beautiful image of grace; although the nature of the bush remains, it is elevated-it burns but is not destroyed; it gives off light and warmth and draws Moses near so that he may encounter God. This is what God desires for us and what will happen to us when we live and fully embrace His grace. Our natures, too, will be elevated as we burn with the love of God that He kindles in our hearts. With that grace comes supernatural faith, supernatural love, and supernatural life. By accepting that grace, we will show forth a warmth and a light that pierces through the fogginess of modern relativism and nihilism. And that light will shine forth by dancing with and elevating our nature-not by destroying it or competing with it.
God did not crush the zeal of Peter-he redirected it and tempered it, asking him to feed his lambs. He did not squelch the questions of Thomas-he offered his hands and his side, whilst calling him to greater faith. He did not extinguish the passions of Augustine-he put before him a greater love, and beckoning him to take and read.
God doesn’t want ultra-pious cyborgs. He loves actual persons, not imaginary persons. By staying attentive, looking for His signs of grace in the everyday occurrences of our lives, and by responding in faith (even when we don’t fully grasp), we encounter God and invite others to draw near.