I was at a Young Adult event a couple weeks ago, which was entitled “Drinks and Dumb Questions.” The format for the event was that our young adults wrote a bunch of questions, and two of our priests took turns answering the questions that were raised. During the talk, there was a two part question that was raised in which it was asked, “Why be Catholic, and if I feel connected to God at a different church, why do I need to come to Mass?”
While answering, there was a particular Bible passage that sparked some thoughts. In the book of Numbers, the Israelites become impatient and begin to complain to Moses saying, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food” (Num (21:5). The worthless food is of course the manna (the bread come down from Heaven), which foreshadows Jesus, the true bread from Heaven. Shortly after, the Lord sends fiery serpents to bite at the Israelites. When Moses prays for the people, God commands him to create a pole and mount a fiery serpent upon it. When the Israelites are attacked, if they look at the snake, they will be saved.
There was one line in that encounter that stuck with me for the rest of the night.
We loathe this worthless food…