Pondering for Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 6: Year 2

Psalm 78:1-39; Psalm 78:40-72; Num. 11:1-23; Rom. 1:16-25; Matt. 17:22-27

“And say to the people: Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wailed in the hearing of the Lord, saying, ‘If only we had meat to eat! Surely it was better for us in Egypt.’ Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall eat not only one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you—because you have rejected the Lord who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, ‘Why did we ever leave Egypt?’” (Numbers 11:18 – 20)

All of the prescribed readings for today are very good.  But the presence of God in the manna in our Numbers reading was particularly interesting to me.  They are told that they “rejected the Lord who is among you.”

This manna was the food of faith and freedom.  They were living in the wilderness without taskmasters. All they had to do was breathe and eat the simple meal that was provided for them.

It doesn’t take us long to become bored and complain does it?  Meat is nice, but bread is our staple.  I see the communal nature of what’s going on with the manna, the Emanuel of it, the God with them, in it.  Today in our Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, we are limited to the wafer only at Holy Communion. And even that bread must be received outside, in the wilderness of our church yard due to the high contagion of the COVID 19.  Some may complain, but the bread is enough. It is God with us. As the hymn goes, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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