FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY
Meditation for Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time, Year B
(Ex 16:1-5, 9-15; Mt 13:1-9)
We meditate today on the hunger that provoked the whole congregation of the people of Israel as matched through the desert. They quickly realized that freedom comes at a cost! And the responsibility their freedom match brought was overwhelming. The unfavorable desert weather outside, and the hunger and thirst within, made them to complain bitterly such that they wished they remained in Egypt. God heard their cry and fed them with mana.
The mana became a prefiguration of the real spiritual food that God prepared for His children as they continue to journey to eternal salvation. From the Gospel of today, we meditate how the word of God is rained down on us like the sower’s seed, sown with utmost generosity and a living hope of harvest. The seed of the word had hard times producing its fruits, but the good soils produced each according their capacity.
‘The Word became flesh’, and came like a pilgrim among us! And Jesus gave us His flesh in the form of bread and wine. He became the ‘living Mana’, which journeys with us along the desert roads of this life, and ushers us into His eternal home. If the word of God is alive and active in us, we shall live out our full potential and bear fruit for eternal life. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,