First the children of Israel complained that there was no food. Then they complained because they had no meat. Then came the complaints about the lack of cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. Moses was overcome with complaints. So then he complained. He complained to God: “Why are you doing this to me?? Take my life! It’s too hard dealing with all these people.” What I wonder is: how much more miserable would he have been had he been on his own?? Sure, they were a pain, but at least he had them.
Like Moses and his friends, we complain an awful lot. Sometimes teachers complain about their students, or priests about their people, or parents about their children or children about their parents and siblings. We complain about each other. But how much worse would things be if we were on our own and didn’t have anyone!? It would be altogether intolerable.
There is another lesson against complaining, and this one is in the gospel. There we see the disciples complaining about the lack of food. Jesus tells them, “Get them some food yourselves.” In other words: if you have time to complain about it, you have time to do something about it.
Let’s set aside our complaints, thank God for each other, and use our time constructively!