18th Sunday Ordinary Time

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In our first reading today we see the Israelites grumbling to Moses about not having enough food to eat and telling him that they were happier back in Egypt when they had meat and bread to eat. Moses speaks to God about the problem and God tells Moses that He will provide meat and bread for the people which He does in the form of quail and mana. I kind of feel sorry for Moses he is like the epitome of middle management in the Old Testament, he has to hear the grumbling of the people always saying that they would have been better off if they had never left Egypt. He also has to listen to the Lord who tells him that the Jews are a stubborn people who, even though God keeps providing for their needs and safety, often in miraculous fashion, still fail to trust in Him. The poor guy has to hear it from both sides and for forty years no less!

How about us, do we put our trust in God? Do we open our hearts and minds to the will of God that He has for our lives? Is our “spiritual wandering in the desert” open to what God wants for each and every one of us? Are we doing our part in prayer, frequenting of the Sacraments and the way that we live our lives such that we are becoming the kind of person that God wants us to be? God wants us to be saints, He wants the “all of us,” He wants something that he does not have. Imagine that, an all-powerful, omnipotent, creator of everything wanting something that He does not have, that which only we can give to Him, our love.

Your Servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill

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