Amnesia and the Big Picture – March 15, 2020

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7

But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” (Exodus 17: 3-4)

St. Irenaeus once wrote, “God wanted to give human beings their fullness right from the beginning, but they were incapable of receiving it, because they were still little children.” Like the children of Israel, we, too, suffer from a giant case of amnesia, where our identity as children of God is often hidden from us because we have not been trained to look in the right places. It is religion’s job to teach us about our true identity…so we go on that journey together.