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What Is the Significance of the Veil Moses Wore?

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Aug 3, 2021.

  1. Michie

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    The readings at daily Mass this week are from Exodus and say that Moses wore a veil to cover the afterglow of God radiating from his face.

    In most traditional Catholic settings, we think of the veil as something a woman wears as a sign of traditional modesty. In this sense most of us consider it something good and positive.

    In Exodus, however, the veil is presented in far more ambivalent terms:

    As Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands, he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant while he conversed with the LORD. … the children of Israel … were afraid to come near him. … he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses entered the presence of the LORD to converse with him, he removed the veil until he came out again. On coming out, he would tell the children of Israel all that had been commanded. Then the children of Israel would see that the skin of Moses’ face was radiant; so he would again put the veil over his face until he went in to converse with the LORD (Exodus 34).

    The mere afterglow of God’s glory was something that the people of old could not tolerate, so Moses wore a veil that covered his face to shield them from it. Man, in his sinful state, is incapable of withstanding even the afterglow of God’s holiness.

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