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Scraps of Milk and Honey


Reflection on Mass Reading for September 10, 2019

“We went into the land to which you sent us. It does indeed flow with milk and honey, and here is its fruit.” Our very interesting complicated and tender-loving human race has had quite a historic-involved relationship with the living God since we first appeared on this planet. Not many would argue with that assessment. What is likely unarguable is the way we seem to go back and forth with God that can be described in terms of “hit and miss.” Things get really great for a stretch then people get a little too complacent and even feel entitled then something bad happens, then there’s suffering, forgiveness, redemption, and the cycle seems to begin all over again. After all that the Lord had accomplished for the chosen people, they still found it in their heart to complain and grumble, which literally set them back forty years. “Forty days you spent in scouting the land; forty years shall you suffer for your crimes: one year for each day.”

Now fast forward to the scene in the Gospel today and discover the fruit of deep humility rooted in an undying and mystical faith. “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” We are looking seriously at two different attitudes when dealing with our awesome God. One was petty and selfish and cost the people a lifelong purge in the desert. The other brought healing and a changed life that continued to aim at eternity. Today, you and I can make a similar choice of how we are going to approach the events, large and small, of this day. What will we do?

Never waste a second of your life complaining. Complaining doesn’t solve problems, it attracts them. The more you complain, the more problems you’ll have. And the more you infect other people with your problems. Don’t be an infection. Be a cure.  Isaiah Hankel

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