Our Own Pharaohs

I am listening to Father Mike Schmitz’s Bible in a Year podcast in 2022. Today, he said something that completely stopped me in my tracks.

We are reading in Exodus. The Israelites are slaves in Egypt. When Moses and Aaron try to get Pharaoh to allow their people a three-day reprieve to workshop in the wilderness, Pharoah not only refuses, but piles more work on. He adds more tasks to the already unsustainable pace.

Father Mike offered the following commentary:

“We are pharaohs to ourselves. We are so busy we don’t have time to think about God. We do it to ourselves. We’ve set up a pace for our lives that is unmanageable if we even take a break. We have made ourselves into slaves.”

As I sit planning out this new month, I am going to keep reflecting on his words and so what I can to slow down the pace, to lessen the load, to remove the pharaoh from my mind and calendar.

Maybe you need the invitation to do the same?


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