Bread In the Wilderness

Father Carl Diederichs

The readings given to us on the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time this year center on the question: whom will we serve? For whom will we give our life? Who has the words of eternal life for us?

The reading from Joshua 24: 1-2a, 15-17, 18b, gives us an opportunity to listen in as Joshua asks the question: “If you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve…As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” The people agree with Joshua as they recount how the Lord had brought them up out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery and who did great signs in their sight. It was the Lord who protected them on their journey. So, they say: “Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

How many of…

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