Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 1, 2021
FMC Carswell Women’s Prison
Fort Worth, Texas

Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
John 6:24-35

The Book of Exodus reveals that the Israelite community is angry at Moses for bringing them out of Egypt and into the wilderness. The Israelites are of a mind that they would rather live in comfortable slavery than be free and face the challenges and expectations of freedom as God’s Chosen People. They complain about the lack of food in the wilderness, so God provides them quail and manna. But a steady diet of this only leads to more complaints. They are like so many of us, nothing completely satisfies our hungers, especially when we lack gratitude.

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