Imagine being among the Israelites wandering in the desert. For generations they had lived in Egypt and this was the only home they ever new. Now they’re crossing the desert and all they can think of is their need for food, water, and a place to sleep. God hears their cry and sends them quail and manna. Moses declares to them, “This is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”
Like the Israelites we all face desert experiences from time to time when we are overcome by doubt and all seems lost. In order for us to move forward we need to let go of our old selves and allow God to take us to a better place. The journey there, however, is often challenging or even treacherous. In our exhaustion we cry out to God for help.
God, our Father, answers our prayers in His Son, Jesus Christ. He offers us His Son in the Eucharist and reminds us that our true treasure, the answer to our cries, can only come from heaven. This is a gift we cannot earn, but it does require the full assent of our minds, our souls, and our wills. When we trust that God will provide for all our needs, He never disappoints.