Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Exodus 32: 7-14
John 5:31-47

In today’s reading from Exodus God challenges Moses about the creation of a golden calf. Moses tries to defend the people and makes appeal to a tradition that stretches far back in biblical memory:

‘Remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, your servants to whom by your own self you swore and made this promise: I will make your offspring as many as the stars of heaven, and all this land which I promised I will give to your descendants, and it shall be their heritage for ever.’

Memory plays a key part in our life of faith. On a personal level we have the memory of the gifts and promises in our own faith journey, on a communal level we come together in worship to remember and relive our shared faith story. We ritualise those key moments so that they are placed firmly in our collective memory.

There is no doubt that the experience of the pandemic will be lodged in our collective memory. In time studies will be written and perhaps theories proposed. Certain memories will fade and some will remain clear. It may be too early for us to recognise this, but God is speaking every bit as clearly to us now as he did to the Israelites in the desert.

How is God speaking to you today?