March 20, 2022
The Desert is something we all experience in different ways. Scripture often speaks of it. Understanding its mysteries can give us hope.
- There are deserts that we choose and there are deserts that are not our choice but are given by God as a period of trial and hope.
- The desert can be hard, confusing, dark and frightening and sometimes feel like we are not going to survive. It shows the difficulty of how our Christian faith can be to follow God’s will.
- The desert of our life is temporary, it’s a journey or passage. Our life on earth is not the destination.
- This is the only life we have, the only opportunity to achieve the real infinite happiness that God wants us to have.
- The desert is effective, it is a formation to God’s path to Him.
- The desert is a place of testing to humble us. It’s a place of free will and decision to accept His will.
The desert is hard, the desert is temporary, and the desert is effective. We had in our reading today, Moses being called to lead his people from the slavery and oppression of Egypt. Moses is a sign of Jesus, who is called to lead us, if we listen to Him, to lead us from the slavery and oppression of Satan and sin, to the promised land of Heaven.
This life is our desert passage, that desert passage, which is to prepare us. It’s not just getting from one place to another, it’s about a formation, an interior transformation of us. The Lord did not make us for the desert. He made us for everlasting joy. But the desert is the path that He leads us through, to this everlasting joy.