Wednesday of the 16th week in ordinary time year A

Ex. 16:1-5.9-15     Mat. 13:1-9

Theme: God will provide

Today the church celebrates the memorial of Saints Joachim and Ann, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As we celebrate them today, it is a reminder for all of us as children of God to embrace holiness of life. This is one of the things that one would want to emulate from their lives. This stems from the fact that you cannot give what you do not have. Remember that they are the parents of our mother Mary. Holiness is an attribute we will continue to work for in our daily lives as children of God.

In the 1st reading of today from the Book of Exodus, we continue to read about the story of the journey of the Israelites to the promised land. Interestingly, as they continue to make this journey of faith, whenever they encounter any challenge or difficulty they begin to grumble and regret for accepting to leave Egypt. They completely forget how God has led them from the very beginning in Egypt up to this point. One would expect that with the way God has guided and made provisions for them in their journey, they will trust in his ability to lead them to the promised land.

Today they are blaming Moses and Aaron, for bringing them out of Egypt to die in the wilderness of hunger. Just the same way they were blaming Moses when they realized that the Egyptians were coming after them. They have forgotten how God directed Moses what to do and they were rescued, while Pharaoh and his men lost their lives. In the same way again, God listened to the voice of his servant Moses and provided the Israelites food. They seem to have forgotten that God is making the journey with them and leading them to the promised land. Sometimes

Sometimes we make the same mistake that the Israelites are making in our personal life. We forget all what God has done for us already and begin to complain because the one we are praying for now has not been answered. We forget that God decides to answer our requests when it is best for us and not necessarily when we want him to answer us. Always strengthen yourself at such moments with the fact that he has done great things for you in the past, and he can do this one. Remember that the fact you are still alive, simply means that God is not done with you and the next minute is a bundle of possibilities. Trust in God always and continue to do your best. As you do this may almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Memorial of Saints Joachim and Ann, year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp