November 13.  The Bible Study group had pored over the beautiful imagery in the passage of the day but found it difficult to capture its deeper meaning.  Tony had been fascinated too and had made a study of this type of Wisdom literature and was able to explain the thinking behind the passage. The Exodus event, when God led them out of Egypt, is foundational in the faith of the Jews and at times of oppression and even division amongst the people a message of God’s particular care for his chosen people would give them hope and courage. Tony concluded, “In our present time of trial, tribulation and all the calamities families across the world are facing, with Covid, hurricanes, typhoons, floods and the mental stresses associated with life today let us also not lose our hope and trust in God, recognizing we are still God’s people under his protection. ”       

While gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone your all-powerful word leaped from heaven into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior carrying the sharp sword of your authentic command, stood and filled all things with death, while your children were kept unharmed.  From  Wisdom 18:14-16. Pope Francis: Jesus says:” I make all things new.”  Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give those poor men and women who will have been liberated once and for all.  LS 243.  Reflect, share, act and pray