Today’s first reading tells of a mountain-top encounter between God and Moses. God tells Moses to head back down the mountain because the people are in the process of creating their own God – a golden calf.
Without an awareness of the presence of God this is what we all do; if we are not building idols then we are perhaps trying to re-form God in our own image forgetting that our identity is found in the fact that each of us in made in the image of God. God is not a human creation. God is not made in our image. Thanks be to God it is we who are created in the image of God.
We are much more fortunate than the Old Testament people, and even more fortunate than Moses who had to endure a mountain-climb to converse with God. In Jesus, God has come down from the heavens and now in 2018 dwells among us.