“At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them.” – Luke 4:42
Today we hit a very good milestone in our readings – the completion of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. Congratulations!
As we celebrate this small moment of triumph, we say goodbye to Moses, but his spirit will live on as we move into the historical books of Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, and 1 & 2 Kings. Deuteronomy serves as a summary of the Pentateuch (as we can note by the many repetitions of the laws and precepts), as well as a preface for the above mentioned books.
Moses leaves us with a lasting impression of what happens when a person is called by God and responds with their whole heart. He made mistakes, yet there was never a doubt that He followed a life of service to God and to the people Israel.
Jesus, in our Gospel reading today, exemplifies this attitude of service. He was out and about all day with his disciples. Certainly, he was tired when He and his friends went out into a deserted place. Yet, again he was met with others in need. He did not resent being interrupted, but only saw another’s need and reached out to heal them.
May we learn from Moses and Jesus the attitude of service, and ask God for the grace we need to respond in every situation we find before us, and have the courage to do so with our whole heart.
May God bless you.