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Exodus and Easter

Israel’s exodus from Egypt forms the background for many of the readings we hear in Easter. On the Third Sunday, both the Gospel and Epistle describe Jesus “redeeming” or “ransoming” Israel (see Luke 24:21; 1 Peter 1:18). The Greek word in both is only used elsewhere to refer to Israel’s redemption from Egypt (see Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 7:8). In the First Reading, Jesus is said to work “mighty deeds, wonders and signs” (see Acts 2:22) – the same words used to describe Moses’ work (see Exodus 7:3; Deuteronomy 34:10-12). Moses told the Israelites not to fear but to trust that ...
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