“The glory of the Lord filled the Dwelling” (Exodus 40:34).
Today’s reading from Exodus gives us a glimpse of God’s presence with the Hebrews, the Chosen People. Moses, who has been meeting regularly and face to face with Yahweh on the mountain, is instructed to build a meeting tent—the Dwelling—where the divine presence is manifested by a cloud that descends upon it in the desert. When the cloud appears, the children of Israel halt and wait; when it rises, the people continue their journey. At night, Yahweh’s presence appeares as a fire within the tent.