Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15:
The children of Israel set out from Elim, and came into the desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. Here in the desert the whole assembly of the children of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The children of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread! But you had to lead us into this desert to make the whole community die of famine!” Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will now rain down bread from Heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions of not. On the sixth day, however, when they prepare what they bring in, let it be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” Then Moses said to Aaron, “Tell the whole congregation of the children of Israel: Present yourselves before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.” When Aaron announced this to the whole assembly of the children of Israel, they turned toward the desert, and lo, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud! The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the grumbling of the children of Israel. Tell them: in the evening twilight you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread, so that you may know that I, the Lord, am your God.” In the evening quail came up and covered the camp. In the morning a dew lay all about the camp, and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground. On seeing it, the children of Israel asked one another, “What is this?” for they did not know what it was. But Moses told them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.”
John 20:1-2, 11:**
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where the put him.” Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!”” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” ***Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her. ***
The Israelites complain to God, saying they would prefer to be back in Egypt. God rains down bread from Heaven.
Sometimes it pays to whine and complain to God (or his people, namely Moses).
But when one has no material need, one generally does not need to cry out to God… so we are sometimes programmed to believe… NO wonder Americans aren’t too Chrstian anymore… hardly anyone has a material need these days…
Anyway in the next psg, its interesting that Mary doesn’t recognize the risen Jesus - and on the road to Emmaus the apostles don’t either… (they recgonize him in the breaking of bread… How Catholic-sounding…