Given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri.

In Letter to the Hebrews, which is the first reading for Mass today, when Moses encounters God he says this: “I am terrified and trembling.” And it is understandable. It was believed that if one saw God, the result was death. It is one reason why the first phrase spoken in a divine encounter is “Be not afraid.” But when we encounter Jesus asking for forgiveness, or in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the result is a loving God who longs to give us his embrace.

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