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.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In this reading from Exodus, the Israelites complain about their thirst. In His mercy, God provides an abundance of water that quenched their thirst.
Today, water is something many may take for granted. However, some people do not have the luxury of clean water. We are called to help those who can’t help themselves, and this includes people who don’t have the basic necessity of clean and safe water. We can help by participating in the “Follow the Liters” campaign through LifeStraw. Lifestraws are advanced straws that filter the water you drink while camping or backpacking. This company guarantees that for every LifeStraw sold, some of that money will pay to provide water filter action at schools in need in Africa. Due to the people who have bought LifeStraw products over the last year, 361,000 students have been provided with clean, safe water. We could also donate a dollar a day for 40 days of Lent to the CRS rice bowl. $40 can provide a family three months of clean water.
Do you thirst for water or righteousness?
– Max Manalang ‘20 & Gabe Manalang ‘20 are members of the Freshman Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.
Jesus, source of living water, we pray for all those who do not have access to clean drinking water. Purify, protect, and multiply their water sources, that they may — without fear of harming themselves or their children — find nourishment. Amen.
—Sojourner Web Editors
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