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So, Where Is That, Exactly?

“Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the peak of Pisgah which faces Jericho, and the Lord showed him all the land—Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, the plain (the valley of Jericho, the City of Palms), and as far as Zoar. The Lord then said to him, ‘This is the land about which I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I will give it to your descendants. I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not cross over.’ So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the Lord, died as the Lord had said; and he was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Bethpeor; to this day no one knows the place of his burial. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.”        

A fan of 1950s American popular culture recently took a business trip to central Indiana and made a point to visit the grave of the iconic movie star James Dean, buried in Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana. Having recently visited Graceland, he contrasted the two experiences for his friends. He’d been to Memphis on the August anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing and stood in lines for the better part of an afternoon. “So, what was James Dean’s gravesite like? Was it like that, too?” he was asked. “Nope. It was hard to find, and there was no one there but me. Absolutely no one else.” Two icons of the Fifties. Two different experiences. For Moses, there is still no crowd, no celebration, no marker. It pleased God to bury the patriarch himself, and no one knows where.

 

This devotional article is taken from the Total Stewardship curriculum of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, one of dozens of devotional pieces that support resources designed for the Stewardship of Prayer, the Stewardship of Ministry, and the Stewardship of Finance. The material purposefully aligns with the annual Catholic liturgy, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal and the Revised Edition of the New American Bible. We invite you to contact us for more information concerning ways the Total Stewardship curriculum might be used to serve your parish and your parishioners.

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