Underestimating God’s Love


“The ancient Israelites in the desert failed in trust because they underestimated God’s love for them.  It is astonishing how we too can doubt God’s love for us even in the face of the most dramatic evidence. Yet he does not withdraw his gifts in anger but continues to care for us in our need.”

Psalm 78:13-19, 23-25

God divided the sea and led them through /and made the waters stand up like a wall./By day he led them with a cloud:/by night, with a light of fire.

He split the rocks in the desert./He gave them plentiful drink as from the deep./ He made streams flow out from the rock/ and made waters run down like rivers.

Yet still they sinned against him;/ they defied the Most High in the desert./ In their heart they put God to the test’ by demanding the food they craved.

They even spoke against God. They said: “Is it possible for God/ to prepare a table in the desert?”

Yet he commanded the clouds above/ and opened the gates of heaven. / He rained down manna for their food, / and gave them bread from heaven.

Mere men ate the bread of angels./ He sent them abundance of food.


R  We put our trust in you!

You led your people through the sea dry-shod:

—let us put our trust in you as you lead us through this day’s challenges. R.

You fed your people in the desert:

—let us hear your Word of life amid the noise of our busy lives today. R

You gave your people water from the rock:

—let us drink from the fountain of life, and not from bitter and polluted waters R

O Lord our God, you sent into the midst of faithless humanity the living Bread, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to nourish and strengthen us on the road.  Through the mystery of the cross you poured forth upon us the Spirit, the water of life.  Have mercy on our lack of trust, and lead us in your ways today, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.”

(from some readings in the Magnificat)





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