July 30, 2019
St. Peter Chrysologus
Emerging From Our Tent
On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise and worship at the entrance of their own tents. The [uc]Lord[/uc] used to speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another.
We're still worshiping, still starting from our own places, each standing outside our own tent. I look around as I attend Mass at my downtown parish and I see such an amazing variety on the outside--different ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, ages, family arrangements. Without doubt, there's even more variety on the inside. Every person emerges from their own tent of joy, suffering, hope, confusion, resignation or contentment. And every one of us is welcomed, glimpsing a hint of that Presence toward whom we're journeying in this desert, yearning to hear him speak to us too--face to face.
Lord, I quiet myself in worship of you.
- Amy Welborn
Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28|Psalm 103:6-13|Matthew 13:36-43