Moses’ role is clear in these passages. He prays for Israel in all circumstances. For their health, for God’s forgiveness, safety, and new beginnings. It is good to know that prayer has such an important function, when practiced for the community.
In these difficult times, let us ask ourselves: who are our intercessors? At the moment, it seems, these are the frontline workers. Those, who are in the midst of constraining the corona virus. Doctors, NHS workers, the police. And, those, who have been suffering from this terrible illness. We don’t know how, but our lives are interconnected. It is Christ, who in a conscious way, intercedes for us – he is with us.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..