|The image of empty cross and cloud|
fits well with today's reading.
The inability of Moses to enter the tent of meeting because of the cloud reminds me of the resurrected Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene and stating, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father." This continues to capture God's transcendence which comes even as God is present to us.
Maybe Easter helps us to be caught up in this transcendence in that through the resurrection, we can glimpse beyond violence and death. When tragedy is present, it seems difficult to see past. And yet, we find that resurrection can come to us all - even in this life.
The forgiveness and grace we receive in Jesus Christ become contagious for us. We find that we must offer these to others even as we discover them anew for ourselves. As we allow the Holy Spirit work through us in this way, the resurrection continues to occur. And we, like the Hebrew people so long ago, find that God journeys with us all along our way.
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