Deuteronomy 6:4-13 Reflection:
In the first reading today we have one of those very important pieces of scripture that we all know from the lips of Jesus. This is its original setting and is first spoken by Moses.
“You shall love the Lord your God...etc.”
However, something we don’t read in the New Testament is the line which follows this saying by Moses.
“You shall repeat them to your children and say them over to them whether at rest in your house or walking abroad, at your lying down or at your rising...”
We are to tell the story; we are to relate to others the work that God is doing in our lives. The message of God and the work that he does for us cannot be kept secret. The message of God is such that it forces us to tell it. We can’t keep it to ourselves.
The word of God passes from generation to generation by the retelling of the story. This is what Pope Francis says in his first encyclical. From the time of Jesus the memory of Jesus has been passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth; the promise given to us.
This telling keeps the word alive; that is why we are in communion with Jesus today in the same way as the apostles were in communion with him as he walked the earth. The Holy Spirit is the person of God who guides the process and makes sure that we do not stray from the truth.
And today we are told by Moses to play our part in the passing on of the message, the telling of the story, but first we must meet God so that we have a story to tell.
The good news is that God is not that hard to meet. He is all around us.