Today’s “Gem” from Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest”: Manna, Eucharist and Divine Providence.

The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years (Joshua 5:6)
and then the manna ceased (as they entered the Promised Land)
the day after a Passover (Joshua 5:12).

Have you ever given any thought to the logistics of this miraculous abundance from heaven?

The Israelites set out from Egypt with 600,000 men, not counting women and children (Exodus 12:37).

The total number of mouths to feed must have been well over 1,000,000 and was probably closer to 1,800,000.

It would have taken the equivalent of train loads of manna, every single day for forty years, to feed them all. If each person ate an average of only one pound per day, that would be 1,800,000 pounds per day, or 900 tons. That works out to 328,500 tons per year or about 13,140,000 tons, over the 40 year period.

A (supernatural) abundance of heavenly gifts fell to earth
during that 40 year period.

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