Advent Day 14: Water from the Rock

Ornament: Moses’ Staff

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Bible Passage: Exodus 17:1-7

Short Version (for Tots):

In their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “Why then did you bring us up out of Egypt? To have us die of thirst with our children and our livestock?”

So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? A little more and they will stone me!”

The LORD answered Moses: Go on ahead of the people, and strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink. Moses did this, in the sight of the elders of Israel.


Full Version:

From the wilderness of Sin the whole Israelite community journeyed by stages, as the LORD directed, and encamped at Rephidim. But there was no water for the people to drink, and so they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to a test?”

Here, then, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “Why then did you bring us up out of Egypt? To have us die of thirst with our children and our livestock?”

So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? A little more and they will stone me!”

The LORD answered Moses: Go on ahead of the people, and take along with you some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the Nile. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink. Moses did this, in the sight of the elders of Israel. The place was named Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled there and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD in our midst or not?”

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“Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come.”

– Matthew 17:11-12

Elijah was a great prophet from the Old Testament. At the end of his life, he did not die but instead was taken to Heaven riding a flaming chariot, or horse-drawn cart,
(2 Kings 2:11). Because of the way that he left Earth, many Israelites believed that he would return one day.

Jesus knew, however, that Elijah himself was not going to come back to Earth. Instead, a new prophet, John the Baptist, would come and predict the coming of the Messiah.

During Advent, we read a lot about John the Baptist each week at Mass. Since John predicted Jesus’ arrival, reading about him before Jesus’ birth is the perfect way to continue to anticipate Christmas!

Let us pray…

O Jesus,

I am so excited to greet You on Christmas morning. Your cousin, John, knew that You would come to save us all.

Thank You for the wonderful gift of Yourself. I am so happy to love You and have You as my Savior.

Amen.

 


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