#266 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Numbers 14:2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!
Do you know somebody who just complains all the time? Nothing is ever good enough? Nothing ever meets their oh so high standards. Sounds kind of like the habitués of many social media platforms. If the lynchpin of democracy is having a place to just “air your grievances’, then we have surely arrived. If, however we were to look at the founding documents of the USA we would see that the “redress of grievances is the object of representative government. True change involves engagement and continuity. What would happen if the witness of the Church were to have the courage to engage and not look back? If all we do is whine and complain and fail to “put feet” to our desire for change then we may as well just shut up and go home.
Moses and Aaron must have been heartily sick and tired of the whining and grumbling by this point in the sojourn. The reward for the disobedient, untrusting Israelites was condemnation to die in the desert until not one of the original group to have escaped the tyranny of the pharaohs remained. Forty years to complete a journey that should have taken a few weeks. How sad.
What will be the epitaph of this whining and complaining generation who have accomplished nothing toward substantial change.