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May 16

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“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!”
Numbers 21:4B-9

According to the scripture account Moses, inspired by Yahweh, had led the Israelites from captivity in Egypt toward a land of freedom. They had been given water and food to strengthen them on the journey.  Yet, they complained because they wanted something better. They were willing to trade freedom for comfort.  Their sense of entitlement overcame their sense of gratitude. How could they be expected to sacrifice satisfaction of their wants for a greater good? Does it all sound familiar? A sense of entitlement produces a prevailing mood of dissatisfaction. Instead of rejoicing in what we have, we greedily want something different. We trade greater amounts of freedom for comfort and gratification. We often don’t bother to make the effort or to understand the underlying  issues. It is easier to assign blame and complain about our perceived loss. We are content in Egypt.


If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
 Meister Eckhart


Express your appreciation for the good things in your life. Be aware of when you are willing to sacrifice freedom for a lesser good. Be aware of any sense of entitlement that may creep into your thinking.

Suggested Reading

 And Jesus answering said, “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?”
Luke 17:17

 How long  shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Numbers 14:27

There are those who do not give thanks and those who do; those who take everythingas if it were owed them and those who welcome everything as a gift, as grace.
Pope Francis

The best way we can show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy.
Mother Teresa

Entitlement and gratitude cannot occupy the same space within.
Christina Dawson

Feeling entitled is the opposite of feeling grateful. Gratitude opens the heart, entitlement closes it.
Paul Gibbons

 Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Benjamin Franklin