Lenten Reflection: Holy Ground



Then [God] said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ (Exodus 3:5 NRSV).

Imagine the look on the face of Moses seeing a burning bush that was not consumed and being told to remove his sandals because he was on holy ground.  Would it be a sense of wonder?  Would Moses have an expression of mortal fear?  Perhaps it may have been a glow that could not be explained.

When Moses had this experience of God, his life was changed forever.  He literally had a whole new landscape view if you will, of how God saw him and what he was to do on God’s behalf.  Moses was not too sure of his qualifications to go to Pharaoh to tell him to set God’s People free.  God knew Moses with all his abilities and weaknesses.  God still chose Moses to be the prophetic witness of what God would do for God’s People.  The ground Moses stood on, was the place where God’s holiness confirmed Moses and the work God would send him to do.

Contemplative prayer in particular during these days of Lent is a conversation with God the Holy Spirit not unlike the talk God had with Moses.  It is a conversation between God and us during which God calls us to see ourselves and others as people with whom God has great faith in; even if our own faith is lacking.  God’s call changes us and even the ground we walk on.  It is on the ground we stand on here and now that God enters our lives to transform them by grace to do things that seem to be unimaginable and impossible.  God knows otherwise.

How do you see where God has you here and now as God’s holy ground?


Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB