One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is “the Fear the Lord”. Unfortunately, I believe it is one of the most misunderstood of the gifts and is therefore not often ask for.
We read of the misunderstanding in our first reading today. When the Israelites said “Let me not again hear the voice of the LORD, my God, nor see this great fire any more, or I will die.” The misunderstanding is in thinking that the “Fear of the Lord” means being afraid of God. That is where the Israelites were during this time shortly after leaving Egypt.
But I want to focus, first of all, on what we remember of the experiences of Moses between the Burning Bush, and the giving of the 10 Commandments. The Bible tells us that when Moses approached the Burning Bush, he “hid his face, lest he look on God and die”. But when he comes back to that same mountain, yes it was the same mountain, with the Israelites to receive the 10 Commandments, his request to God is “Lord let me see your face, that will be enough for me.” Of course, we know God said no. Why?
Is God’s face is so terrible …read more
Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts