August 2, 2015
Do you ever complain to God that He is not feeding you with the right food.
All the events, people, and situation that come into our life can be God feeding us.
Even the difficult people and situation can be God feeding us
Do you ever complain to God?
As we know, the Book of Exodus from the Old Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures) is about God's people being liberated from their slavery in Egypt. We all know the story.
The reading picks up when the people had run out of the food that they took with them when they left Egypt. Upon being liberated they were thankful to God, but now that there is no food they do not trust God. They think that He will not care for them; that He will let them starve.
It would seem that God would give up on His People after all their complaining and mistrusting. But no, He has great mercy and compassion on them again and again. The same is true for us today.
In spite of our complaining in situations with difficult people or events, or confrontations, God is only trying to feed us; to help us grow spiritually and He will not give up on us.
Eventually they complain
God provides meat (quail)
Eventually they complain
"We should never have left Egypt, at least we had decent food."
Sometimes when things don't turn out as we wish, we too can forget that God loves us; that He has called us through our Baptism and He will never give up on us.
But then we have the Celebration of the Eucharist where we are feed with the Scripture (the Word of God), the Homily or Sermon, the presence of Jesus in the people around us, the sacred music, and ultimately, and most perfectly, the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Saint Paul reminded the Ephesians, that through their Baptism, they had been called by God to make Him present to others in the world.
We can look back on the history of all Christians, past to present, and see that in spite of the struggles and difficulties, God has provided for them; had given them food that helped them choose eternal life.
The same is true for each of us today.
But we can be like the Gentiles and turn to other pagan gods; money, power, possessions, etc.
The real food that lasts and leads to eternal happiness, eternal peace, eternal life is....
help me to carry You in my very being,
both in my mind and heart, and in my body.
Come to me in the Eucharist and strengthen me.
Cleanse me, and mend me.
Give me the right actions and words
to spread the truth and healing and joy
that is Your Gospel.
And thank you, Lord, for making me
a weak little "earthen vessel,"
so that Your message and Your power
will shine through me.
In Your name, I pray,
and I give unto You my trust, Lord Jesus. Amen.