Online Retreat- Week 13
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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God Prepares the WayGuide: The PromiseThe early pages of Jesus' photo album show us God's patient and faithful preparation to send Jesus among us. We find the photo of God calling Abram and Sarai to leave their homeland to begin a new journey. There are the births of Isaac and Jacob/Israel. The album has page after page of photos of the long slavery in Egypt, of Moses's birth and life, the Exodus and liberation, the forty years of wandering in the desert, and the early years in the Promised Land. From desert nomads to a people with a covenant: you be my people and I will be your God.God sent judges to adjudicate differences between the people and then God appointed kings to rule them and then prophets to challenge them and their corrupt kings. As with any family photo album, we are puzzled and perhaps shocked to see the incredible infidelity of the people, the division of the nation, and its demise in the Babylonian captivity. Then there is the rebuilding of the temple and those final years of occupation and relative peace that came with Rome's occupation.Readings:1. Go to the Land That I Will Show You (Genesis 12:1-7)2. Will I Really Know Such Happiness? (Genesis 18:1-15)3. They Sold Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 37:1-36)4. God did not Forget the Promise He Had Made (Exodus 2:1-25)Prayers:1. A Prayer to Begin Each Day2. Moses and the Israelistes Sang This Song in Praise of the Lord (Exodus 15:1-18)3. I Am Silent...Expectant (Ted Lodor)4. Shout Joy to God (Psalm 81)