Brian’s Reflection: Sat/Sun, Sept 27/28, 2008
The people quarreled with Moses, and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses
said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"
But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against
Moses and said, "Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children
and livestock with thirst?" So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with
this people? They are almost ready to stone me."
- Ex 17 (a reading for the Liturgy, Sunday, Sept 28, 2008)
Very few Jews or Christians ponder that God is not concerned with “length of days”. Few Christians, confronted with cancer or hospital-induced-infection, remember the words “[Man} does not live by bread alone, but by every world that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Especially if we are Americans - we have been seduced into believing that Life is about Living Forever. God forbid that the doc should tell us that there is no Magic Bullet. Given the chance, (s)he would be stoned.
Folks. If you believe in “God”, “God” is NOT the Big Teat of Immortality! (BTOI). “God” could care less how long we live on this Earth. The only thing the Judeo-Christian God is concerned about is how much we LOVE on this Earth, be it over one day or a million. No wonder God was always frustrated with the Israelites. No wonder Jesus was always frustrated with His followers. We just don’t get it.
God gives one day at a time. That is enough time to get it. One day in Thy courts is better than a thousand - one day pouring out love for each other constitutes a successful Life.
Jesus said that He was the Living Water. This means that when we understand that this is the “water” we need to live - to understand the essence of loving each other - we have truly been led out of Egypt.