God wants us to hear what He’s saying.
But God can be so understated. It’s hard for that to compete with the distractions and busyness of life.
God never quits trying to get through to us.
Why doesn’t God just speak to us directly?
Sunday’s first reading shows us that God speaking directly to us has its own set of problems.
But God loves us enough to meet us where we are. To speak to us in a way that we can handle. And we see it in Sunday’s Gospel, in Jesus.
Jesus is human. And speaks to us directly.
Jesus is divine. And speaks to us as only God can.
That “both-and” is exactly what the first reading is talking about. And why everyone in the Gospel, from the apostles to the people in the synagogue (and even the demons), knows exactly whose voice they’re hearing.
More on this tomorrow.