by Sister Charlene Hockers
Today's readings hit a sensitive spot! Why? Because it is one more instance in Scripture to point out that the people of those times were imperfect -- just as we are!
From the Book of Exodus, we hear that the Chosen People who were delivered out of Egypt forget what God has done for them. They grumble, complain and whine because they don't have "good food." God again listens to them and provides quail and manna for each day. Will they follow God's instructions to take only what they need each day?
In the Gospel, Jesus is aware of his followers' reason for seeking Him. Rather than satisfying their natural hunger, he promises them the Bread of Life which will sustain them daily and into eternity.
We need continuous conversion. It is hard work not to grumble and complain, and to trust in God's daily care for us. But Jesus provides us with the incredible gift of Himself in the Eucharist to sustain us and to help us with that conversion.
Jesus, I place my trust in You!
Really practical questions. Why do we whine and complain when we have such an abundance.
This is such a valuable reflection - especially for us, in these economic times! There is a gentleman who comes to eat at the meal program at our parish who takes the photos for St. Ben's calendar here in the city. He is a veteran with ptsd who cannot work steadily; but he thanks God that he is a gifted photographer. I was reminded of him when I read this. Thank you, Sr. Charlene.
Thanks, Charlene, for giving the Scriptures a simple, practical application.
Unfortunately my answer to Reflection Question #1 is "Every hour on the hour, I whine and grumble about the little things." Sigh!