Taste and See: Grace

I want to remind you, brothers, how our fathers were all guided by a cloud above them and how they all passed through the sea. They were all baptised into Moses in this cloud and in this sea; all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, since they all drank from the spiritual rock that followed them as they went, and that rock was Christ. In spite of this, most of them failed to please God and their corpses littered the desert.

These things all happened as warnings for us, not to have the wicked lusts for forbidden things that they had. You must never complain: some of them did, and they were killed by the Destroyer.

All this happened to them as a warning, and it was written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of the age. The man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall.

2nd reading for the 3rd Sunday of Lent
1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12

For Paul, here, Jews and those gentiles called to faith in the One God through Jesus Christ, share in the same life-sustaining food and the same spiritual drink. That food, that drink, God’s gift to us comes from Christ, perhaps is Christ.

So often we consider ourselves separated by our different religious beliefs, traditions and practices, here St Paul sees what binds us – the love and care of the very God

Fruits at Market. Toulouse. (c) 2018, Allen Morris.

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