August 11, 2015 Deuteronomy 31:1-8; Matt 18:1-5,10,12-14
In today’s first reading … there is good news; The Israelites stand on the edge of the desert … preparing to enter the Promised Land …
But … there is bad news; the only leader they knew for forty years … Moses … not crossing over with them.
It was natural for them to feel uncertain and anxious about the future … they are on the cusp of a major transition.
Moses moves quickly on the good news … he reminds the people of how good God has been to them … that they will have a new leader in Joshua … that God will remain in their midst and provide for their needs.
Moses tells the people to remain strong and courageous.
We know what facing uncertainty feels like … we’ve all been there at some point. We too search for answers and sometimes our imaginations blind us to the fact that God is with us all the way … that we can count on His loving presence.
Today’s scripture readings remind us that childlike dependence on God is the basis for entry into eternal life … our Promised Land.
May we have the faith, hope and love that will bring us to our Promised Land in the Kingdom of Heaven.