St John’s Abby
“God heals the broken-hearted,
and binds up all their wounds.
God fixes the number of the stars;
and calls each one by its name.”Psalm 147
As we often struggle with resolving life’s difficulties, we seem as Christians to ignore or disbelieve the words of the psalm that God truly carries about our individual lives. How can a God of such immensity really be concerned about me and my worries? But the incarnation tells the true answer to that doubt. The existence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God in human flesh, tells us that God does care about our problems. Turn it over to Him, place your cares and worries at the feet of the Lord.
“Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” Isaiah 25: 9 (NIV)
In the transition from earthly life to eternal life, the whole concept of time becomes mute. beyond death, there is no before or after, no past or present. The resurrection of the body is separated from time. For us who still live in time, it is important not to act as if the new life in Christ is something we can comprehend or explain. God’s heart and mind are greater than ours. All that is asked of us is trust. When it comes to matters of life and death, do you find comfort in knowing that “All that is asked of us is trust?”
“Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?’ “Seven,’ they replied, “and a few fish.’ ” Matthew 15:34
A beautiful thought today: do we practice the reliance on Jesus that the early disciples did? The disciples provided a small amount of fish and bread and Jesus miraculously multiplied them to feed the thousands. What small and insufficient thing can we offer Jesus that we will trust Him to work miracles within our lives?
“ My heart is moved with pity” Matthew 15:32
“Remember that I raced in love to be close
and found you and put my bleeding arms around you;
and now I feed you,
now with bread that is me and wine become me,
and we are so close now;
don’t try to imagine, just remember,
in all your time now
this is my body my blood,
my life my soul my breath,
my pure love that will never die,
And it is all
in human hearts (yours)
from human words (mine).” – Fr. Harry Cronin
The Word Among Us
“How many loaves do you have? Matthew 15:34
An interesting aspect of the reading today details the disciples bringing their resources to the Lord and he did wondrous things with them. And just as we gather today at Mass, the Lord does not desire us to merely be spectators. We can come hungry for His Word and thirsty for His touch. Do you know that when the offertory is brought forth, its intention is to represent the real needs of those gathered? We should actively participate in bringing our gifts and needs to Him during the offertory. Then after Jesus has transformed the gifts, we can come to the altar and receive more than enough to satisfy us.
Give Us This Day
“I do not want to send them away hungry” Matthew 15:32
“Maybe we think that Jesus didn’t really multiply the fishes and loaves; he just inspired the people to share the food they’d brought. We like to explain the Bible away, to turn every miracle into metaphor, draining the Scriptures of their power and meaning. The point isn’t to reduce the idea of miracle, but to expand it. The point isn’t to drain the Bible of its power, but to show that this power is present in our time, too, in every moment.
In Jesus, the difference between matter and spirit has been forever transcended. What’s miraculous isn’t the walking on water, but the water itself, the lake, the Sea of Galilee, thirteen miles long and eight miles wide, with the sun rising over it in the mornings, and every lake . . . because God is everywhere, lovely in ten thousand places. The miracle is life itself, the ordinary.” – Deacon Chris Anderson
As Thomas Merton reflected, “We are already one.” We just need to start becoming what we already are. —James Finley
God is otherness and diversity, a pluriformity. The basic problem of “the one and the many” is overcome in God’s very nature. God is a mystery of relationship, and the truest relationship is love. Infinite Love preserves unique truths, protecting boundaries while simultaneously bridging them. While these two tasks seem initially like opposites, and impossible to reconcile, oneing is God’s essential task and the goal of all authentic spirituality.