- Who am I?
- Who is God?
God pushes you and me continuously -- sometimes gently, sometimes with a shove -- to “turn aside”, as Moses did, and to see: to see who we really are ourselves; and to see who God is for us. In every case, it is God who speaks to us. God confronts us with God’s own mystery, and also with a call to some kind of service to others amid the mundane routine of our lives. God speaks to us a Name which defines Godself: who God is, and in the revealing of this you and I are called us to declare who we really are and what we’re committed to do.
1) “Not me -- I can’t.”
2) “Prove it.”
God’s response, in simple terms, is also twofold:
1) “Yes, you can.” and
2) “I AM WHO [I ]AM and I am with you.”
God’s response is both an answer and an evasion to Moses’ and our questionings. But God makes clear that it’s only through faithful living -- i.e., being what God wants us to be and doing what God wants us to do -- that the full meaning of God’s Name, which really stands for who God is, becomes known to us. And this always has to do, in some way, with compassion towards others, with justice, liberation from oppression, and love.