Yr A – Pent 15 – Ex 3:10-15, Mt 16:21-28
Well, it’s Back to School time again. According to the shopping malls it has been since the middle of July! As for my family we’re approaching this September with a variety of different attitudes and outlooks. Ben is gleefully ready to leave the 9-5 working world and can’t wait to get back to classes and books and essays. Josie is going into her last year of high school and is ready to rule the school! My wife, however, is a teacher – so she has a decidedly different outlook! No, I’m just kidding. She loves it too and she’s happy to be back at it.
No matter what age or stage you’re at, there seems to be a certain sense of ‘same old same old’ about back to school time each year. The flyers, the sales, the new clothes, the school supplies, meeting the new teacher (or class) – a fresh start in a new year. Today we’re going to look at two characters from the bible who went ‘back to school’ too. The difference being that they didn’t realize they needed to. There was nothing ‘same old same old’ about their experiences, or what they needed to learn. And it took a lot more than a flashy flyer to hook them…
The first story is about Moses. We’re going to talk about the famous burning bush story. On the surface it seems pretty straightforward – a shepherd encounters a supernatural event, a dramatic representation of the presence of God in the form of a bush that is on fire yet not consumed – and hears the voice of God. read on