The Lord has shown you what is good
"The Lord hath a controversy with his people, and
he will plead with Israel: "O my people, what I have done
unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me.
For I brought thee up out of the house of Egypt and redeemed
thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses,
Aaron and Miriam.
These words from the prophet, that are eight centuries old, are amazingly modern.
God does not like to see us tired, bored, without energy. His Son tells us: " Take my yoke, yes my yoke is easy and my burden light ". The key word of his message is " Happiness ! "
We have too often the tendency to imagine God like a pagan deity : a supreme being contemplating franticly one's navel, asking from his subjects, demanding actions, services rendered from slaves, flattering comments Jesus Christ's God does not propose a life where virtue is linked to boredom and pain. He is interested in our happiness : " Go! " says He to Abraham ; it is your interest to stand up and search the road where your life will reach fulfilment.
Micah has spoken justly of guides in the plural form, because
each one is known to have his limits ; yes guides, men and women
alike on the same level. Here is a new way of looking at the
events which have been narrated in the Exodus: an unexpected
touch of feminism!
Let us stand up, go on walking, like modest pilgrims supported by a God who himself is on the move, and who knows how fast we can follow without becoming tired. This is an excellent way of changing our image of a God standing as a judge, counting our performances and our weaknesses!
But this God of mercy is one image we tend to forget rapidly!