Since July 15 we have begun to pray with texts from the Book of Exodus which describes the liberation of Israel from Egypt.  The people of Israel suffered terrible oppression during their years of slavery. The birth of Moses and his call from the Lord all prepare for the liberation of Israel. Today the Israelites complete their passage to freedom and sing a triumphant canticle of joy.

During the chase through the Red Sea, the chariot wheels of the Egyptians became clogged, preventing their pursuit of Israel.  You and I might reflect this mid-summer day on anything that might “clog” our relationship with our God: what lack of honesty, integrity, or other selfish behavior clogs my spirit this week?  What practical steps can I take towards a more open and generous outreach to the Lord and to those I meet today?  What “song of joy” is our God trying to stir in my soul?

If we act like children of God, knowing that he loves us, our lives will be made new, filled with serenity and joy.   –Pope Francis on April 10, 2013

The Jesuit Prayer Team