May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080315.cfm

The children of Israel lamented, “Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now we are famished; we see nothing before us but this manna.” 

Manna was like coriander seed and had the color of resin. When they had gone about and gathered it up, the people would grind it between millstones or pound it in a mortar, then cook it in a pot and make it into loaves, which tasted like cakes made with oil. At night, when the dew fell upon the camp, the manna also fell.  

When Moses heard the people, family after family, crying at the entrance of their tents, so that the LORD became very angry, he was grieved. “Why do you treat your servant so badly?” Moses asked the LORD. “Why are you so displeased with me that you burden me with all this people? Was it I who conceived all this people?  Or was it I who gave them birth, that you tell me to carry them at my bosom, like a foster father carrying an infant, to the land you have promised under oath to their fathers? Where can I get meat to give to all this people? For they are crying to me, ‘Give us meat for our food.’ I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so that I need no longer face this distress.” 

Sound familiar? “Lord I want to freed from my situation. Lord, why can I not have this, that or the other thing? Life was so much better before…” We are not always happy with what the Lord does for us. We ask for His help and then complain when we have to give up something, not seeing the freedom we gain. Are you happy in your life? Do you feel blessed by what the Lord has done for you? Have you thanked Him or do you complain? Think about what you have, look around you and see what the Lord has done for you. Choose to rejoice and be happy. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for all the blessings you have given to me. You raised me from sin and the poverty of spirit to riches and glory living in you. In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen. 

Sing with joy to God our help.

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