The familiar first reading that we hear at Mass this morning, familiar to most of us, is an account from the Book of Exodus of those things that transpired after God had saved the Israelites from the Egyptians by allowing them to pass through the waters of the Red Sea. The Israelites must have been amazed at the great theophany they witness. By using Moses, the water is cut in two so that a wall of water is to their right and to their left as they pass safely pass through only to see the water come crashing in over the Egyptians. All of Pharoah’s chariots and charioteers perish. Initially, the Israelites are grateful to God and sing a great hymn of praise thanking the LORD for saving them that day. Fast forward a time later and we hear that the Israelites are grumbling because they have no food. They complain to Moses and Moses tells God and God provides.
How often do we grumble and the LORD answers our prayers? Sure, He might not always answer our prayers as we might want them to be answered but he hears us. How often are our prayers heard; we give thanks to God and then, just as quickly as we give Him thanks, we forget the ways in which he comes to us in answer to our prayers and begin to grumble!? I think that grumbling is a good thing….as long as we keep it up! It’s a sort of form of prayer, no? Each and every time Israel grumbled, the LORD heard and answered…but they forgot! Perhaps today, we can grumble to God and when we witness His immense power and presence let us not be quick to forget!