Do you remember that part of Salvation History where the Israelites wandered through the desert after a miraculous delivery from Egypt?  Three years they had been wandering,

“And the Lord spoke to Moses.  Take the rod, and assemble the people together, thou and Aaron thy brother, and speak to the rock before them, and it shall yield waters.”  –Numbers 20:7

As Scripture informs us, Moses disobeyed and he was punished.  His punishment was that he would not live to see the Promised Land.

But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”  –Number 20:12

Let us stop for a moment to consider the consequences we might experience when we disobey God.  Though Moses entered heaven, as known through his presence during Christ’s Transfiguration, along with Elisha, he was punished.

St. Paul tells us that the rock that followed the Israelites in the desert was Christ, i.e. the rock was a typology for Christ. [1]

“They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”  –1 Corinthians 10:4

The rock in the desert speaks of the relationship God had with Israelites in the Old Testament, from whom life-saving water flowed.  Where is Christ for the Israelites, the people of God, today?  Where is the Body of Christ, where is this rock?

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  –Mathew 16:18

The Church is the Body of Christ, the rock that gives us life-saving water in the desert.  And, though many have argued this, Peter was the head of the Church that our Lord first assembled.[2]  Certainly, St. Peter’s name, the first Bishop of Rome, appears in the New Testament 195 times, followed by St. John with 48.  All the Apostles acknowledged Peter’s authority from the start of the Church.  Peter’s authority as the head of the Church is supported through numerous Scripture versus, many of which have been highlighted in Keven Vost’s book, “Memorize the Reasons!”[3]

Now, if Moses was deserving of punishment because he struck the rock instead of speaking to it, as our Lord had instructed him, how will Christians ministers of today, who have separated from the authority Christ established through St. Peter, be punished when they neglect his instructions on how the life-saving waters are to be brought forth from the rock?  Are they not prophets who teach as Moses taught?

Our Lord said, ““Take, eat; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  The Eucharist, His Body and Blood, is celebrated as He intended in the Catholic Church.

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  –John 4:24

Had he only been speaking symbolically about the fountain that flows from Him, quenching every thirst, about our need to consume His flesh and drink His blood, just as the Israelites were instructed to consume the Passover Lamb before their delivery from Egypt, would as many followers have left Him, as described in John 6:66?  If He were only speaking symbolically, would we ever have had a Eucharistic Miracle with blood type and DNA that matches from miracle to miracle, though separated by 1300 years?[4]

Consider the commentary found in Douay-Rheims on this subject of our faith,

12 “You have not believed”… The fault of Moses and Aaron, on this occasion, was a certain   diffidence and weakness of faith; not doubting of God’s power or veracity; but apprehending the unworthiness of that rebellious and incredulous people, and therefore speaking with some ambiguity.

We’re all unworthy to receive Him, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.  We are unworthy to have Him die for us to pay the debt due to our sin.  And yet, He did die for each one of us.  He did will that we consume Him, thereby being united more closely to Him than we can imagine, which is exactly what Satan doesn’t want.  His will is our union, with Him and one another; knowing this is the responsibility of every prophet, of every follower of Him and the Apostles He selected, of every Moses who leads through the wasteland.

Let us no longer have the divisions we have today, let us unite together as He intended, acknowledging His Real Presence in the Eucharist.  Let us acknowledge Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium.  Let us be untied in the Communion of Saints, in acknowledging Mary as the Queen Mother, our Mother, the new Ark of the Covenant, the New Eve, who, in perfect union and conformity to the Will of God, crushes the head of the serpent.  Let us accept the reality of Purgatory, the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation through confession to those who’ve been ordained to the priesthood, the seven deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament, and the authority of the pope with respect to matters concerning faith and morals, just as Our Lord intends.  As leaders, let’s avoid the punishment that might await us for not following His Words as He intends –let’s enter the Promised Land together!

[1] A type is an OT foreshadowing of an NT fulfillment.

[2] Akin, Jimmy.  Is St. Peter the Rock on which Jesus built His Church?  Online.

[3] Vost, Kevin.  Memorize the Reasons: Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory.  Catholic Answers.  28 September 2013.  Print.

[4] Fitzgerald, Ryan.  Eucharistic Miracles Confirm Real Presence of Jesus Christ.  Church Militant.  April 24, 2016.  Online.