Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Today, in Mercy, there are some common threads running through our readings.
In the passage from Numbers, we have a restless crowd, confused and hungry, feeling directionless in a vast wilderness. They demand an answer from Moses:
Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!”
To make things worse, God, annoyed at their complaints, sends a bunch of snakes to hassle them.
In John’s Gospel, a disgruntled gathering of Pharisees pesters Jesus for a resolution to their questions. Even after all Jesus’ signs and preaching, they ask Him, “Who are you?”
In both instances, it is impossible for the questioners to receive the answer they seek because they lack faith.
In both instances, they are told that a sign will be lifted up before them and that then they will understand.
We’re on a life’s journey, at times confused and disgruntled, just like those ancient Hebrews.
We may be locked in faithless expectations of God, just like those debating Pharisees.
In our difficulties and challenges, will we be able to see the sign that God offers us? Not the one we design or demand – but the unexpected one rising up out of the depths of our faith?
Music: By Grace Alone – David Ward