[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992]
What did Moses see when God passed before him? God came down in a cloud, but no description is given. The account related in the reading from Exodus takes place well into the story of the departure from Egypt. For Moses, the departure from Egypt had its beginning sometime earlier as he tended his father-in-law’s sheep in the desert and had an encounter with God at the burning bush. At that time, he was given his mission to return to Egypt to free the Hebrew slaves. There was much Moses didn’t or couldn’t know at the time. We are always better off not knowing all the facts beforehand! This is surely true for Moses.