Hearing the voice of God can be hard. And all of the distractions and busyness of life don’t make it any easier. But God never quits trying to get through to us.
Sunday’s Old Testament reading (Deuteronomy) shows us that God wants to speak with us directly. And that we can’t handle God speaking with us directly. And that God loves us enough to meet us where we are, to speak to us in a way that we can handle.
Sunday’s Gospel (Mark) shows us how all of that comes together in Jesus. Jesus is human, and speaks to us in a way we can understand. And Jesus is divine, and speaks to us as only God can.
That “both-and” is exactly what Moses 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.