‘And Korach gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment’ (Numbers 16,1-35)
The rebel of Korach, and the separation their rebellion, can be read in the context of last supper on Holy Thursday. In this meal with his friends, Jesus invites us to be close to him; all his friends should be there! It is a kind of separation, akin to that of Moses’ response to Korach. Jesus, on Holy Thursday, separates his friends from those who are indifferent to Him. It is our separation from the world of non-belief. Jesus separates us from our sinful past; or our present marked by ‘rebellion’ of self-centeredness.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..