Are we approaching God differently than how we approach other things that aren't divine?
God tells Moses to remove his sandals before approaching holy ground. The divine is above the earthly and so we must never try to cling to the earthly when stepping into the holy. There needs to be a letting go that must occur.
Our footwear is used to walk on the earth. They pick up the dirt from our journey in life. They have a use for our day-to-day work but not for divine matters. Removing the sandals is one form of distinguishing us from moving from where we were to entering into God’s space.
It can also happen internally when we remove all our earthly concerns when we set out to speak with God. Are our prayers dominated by our fears and wishes? We need to remove these “sandals” as well. In comparison, how much time are our prayers spent on praise, thanks, and listening?
Today let us approach prayer with an increased reverence. As we start with the sign of the cross let it remind us that we are now entering holy space. Let us remove beforehand anything that is earthly from our minds and give God our hearts, mind, and ears.
As a Maryknoll seminarian, Diego Ramirez talks about his experience serving and accompanying communities abroad. In this conversation Diego defines or redefines what ‘missionary work’ means and how Christians can connect with our fellow neighbors.