Today’s readings from Exodus and Acts compel us to think about the seriousness with which we take our approach to God’s presence. Christian maturity requires that we examine the seriousness of our attitude towards God. Of course, many of us may have grown up in a religious atmosphere that was overly stern and serious. To discover that following Christ is meant to be a joyful existence is therefore a much-needed revelation. God’s grace invites the human spirit to be lightened and to delight in God’s goodness and our freedom from bondage to sin. But at the same time, we must not mistake our joy and freedom as a license to disregard or dismiss the tremendous awe that should emerge from an encounter with the Divine. Our awareness of God’s majesty will ultimately heighten our joy at the welcome God offers His children, but no less than Moses was, we remain called to revere and worship the God of all creation.