Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Praise the Lord Anyway

During the Easter season, which is still going on--Ascension Day is tomorrow, and Pentecost is a week from Sunday--the Old Testament readings tell the stories of Moses leading the Israelites through the wilderness to the promised land. The readings are coming from both Numbers and Deuteronomy, and what is really making an impression on me this year is just how many times the Lord wanted to kill his people, not to mention just how many of them he actually did kill. Monday morning's reading ends with how he caused several men (along with their  wives and children, most of whom must surely have been innocent of the men's crimes) to be swallowed up by the earth, followed by his sending a fire that "consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense."

Right after that rather depressing tale comes the canticle Te Deum Laudamus: "We praise thee, O God...."