Why Second Exodus

Why is this apostolate called Second Exodus?

During the 1990s, at one of the annual meetings of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, I saw Karl Keating. He asked me what I was doing at the time, and I told him I was working on a book called A Path to Glory. He asked why that name, and I explained in terms of Thomas Gray’s Elegy. The path to Rabbi Yeshua leads to glory. Karl replied that it would not be a good title. He said the job of a book title is to arouse the browsing bookstore visitor’s curiosity enough that he will pull it from its place on the shelf and take a closer look. A Path to Glory, Karl believed, would not do it.

I retreated to my hotel room to think about it. Then I called up Deacon Frank Earley, my first mentor in the Faith, who was also at the conference. I told him what Karl had said and asked his opinion. He replied, “This is extraordinary! As I picked up the phone I saw before my eyes a cloud with “Second Exodus” written on it. At that moment I had no idea what it meant. But your question leads me to believe it’s the name God wants for your book.”

I told him I would try to write a paragraph explaining why it was “Second Exodus.” If the paragraph came easily, we would know it was from God. It did come easily, and so the book and the entire apostolate were from that day forward called Second Exodus.

The First Exodus is the Jewish Passover, when each Jewish family was personally saved Ex 12:13 by participating in the body and blood of a sacrificed lamb. Rabbi Yeshua told us of the Second Exodus at the time of the Transfiguration. “And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem” Lk 9:3031.

Jewish Tradition looks for a Second Exodus. Moses and Elijah were with Rabbi Yeshua representing the Law and the Prophets Mt 22:40. Moses represented the Law, while Elijah represented the prophets as one of Rabbi Yeshua’s two witnesses for the ingrafting Rev 11:3.

The Second Exodus is Rabbi Yeshua, the Lamb of God, Jn 1:29, 36, who spiritually saved us by the one single sacrifice of his Body and Blood. Each time the sacrifice of the Lamb of God is re-presented we personally participate, and are saved Lk 23:43 because love is stronger than death.