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Thursday, July 19, 2001

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Exodus 3:11-20
Psalm 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27
Matthew 11:28-30

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"Who am I?" —Exodus 3:11

"I AM." —Exodus 3:14

Moses was reluctant to accept God's mission for him because He was asking the question: "Who am I?" (Ex 3:11) Moses was a stuttering, old shepherd wanted for murder in Egypt. Who was he to "go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt?" (Ex 3:11)

After asking the wrong question, Moses asked to know God's name (Ex 3:13). In other words, he asked to know Who God is. That is the question. When we ask "Who is God?", we receive the answer that God is I AM WHO AM (Ex 3:14). He is the eternal, all-holy, almighty Source of life. Because of Who God is, He can do anything and those sent by Him can do the humanly impossible.

Think of the most difficult situation in your life. Possibly it is your marriage, family, health, or an addiction. Think of the devastating tragedies which make up our culture of death — abortion, abuse, violence, racism, starvation, pornography, etc. If you ask the question: "Who am I?", you will be paralyzed into passivity. If you ask the question: "Who is God?", you will be zealous for the Lord and more than a conqueror (Rm 8:37). Look to God, not to self. Ask the right question.

Prayer:  Father, may my knowledge and love of You make me an unstoppable activist.

Promise:  "Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart." —Mt 11:28-29

Praise:  Turning to God throughout the tragic death of their daughter, the Wilsons let God be God and now reach others with the gospel.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, January 4, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 24, 2001