A reflection on the first Mass reading (Numbers 21:4-9) from Tuesday March 31, 2009 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
We heard yesterday in Mass of the murmuring of the Israelites in the desert. They had no water to drink, they were watching their children suffer and their livestock dying.
Sometimes in our lives, sin appears this way as well. We are overwhelmed by legitimate sorrow and sufferings or we recognize it in the lives of others. We are tempted to murmur to one another. But if we dash our troubles against one another-- our anger, our suffering, ,our sorrows, our misunderstandings-- we are in essense stoning one another. Or if we should allow sin to unite us, we should stone or crucify, possibly, an innocent soul.
St. Benedict is considered another Moses and he tells us what to do. He says to take your evil thoughts and temptations and dash them against Christ. He alone can change our sorrow to joy. He won’t necessarily change where we are, where we live, who we live among, but He will give us the the water we thirst for. He’ll give us the refreshment to be able to go on, to be able to drink from the same cup as He did and live doing what is right.
When you feel like you’ve reached the end, go to the Rock that is so solid and the purest of water will pour forth. It will give us refreshment, new life, new zeal and the ability to let one another drink from our own stream given to us by Christ.