As we begin the second week of our journey through Lent, we may find ourselves like the Israelites in Exodus 16-17. God has done great things for us: He has offered us a way out of the slavery of sin. And yet we continue to gripe and grouse against Him.
In the Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Lent, which the Church provides us in the Office of the Readings, we watch Old Testament Israel--a type of the New Testament Church--move from joy at the beginning of the week (the escape from Egypt and the drowning of the Egyptians in the Red Sea) through trials and grumbling (the lack of food and water, which are provided by God as manna and water from the rock) to the revelation of the Old Covenant and the Ten Commandments.
As we follow the readings, we can see in the Israelites our own ingratitude. Our 40 days of Lent mirrors their 40 years in the desert. Despite their grumbling, God provided for them. He provides for us, as well; and we have a comfort that they did not: We know that, in Christ, we have been saved. We can enter the Promised Land, if only we conform our lives to Christ.