Thursday, July 27, 2006

Food to Last till the Next Life



17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Gospel: John 6: 1 – 15

Do you know the good news for today? Not only can you have enough to eat and live, you can also have more than enough to give to others! Moreover, the food we eat will last a lifetime till eternal life!

The food is Jesus. The multiplication of the loaves is the Eucharist. And the recipients of this food are the men and women of every generation, now our own. The promise is grace and blessing. The fruit is everlasting life. The gift is service and offering. The promises of this Sunday gospel are endless.

This is the promise of our faith, that as we receive our Eucharist, our daily bread from heaven, we are made strong and are sustained until we reach heaven. And we are saved by the body and blood of the Lord.

But the world continues to suffer, slowly dying of hunger and pain. There is a lack of compassion everywhere. Greed rules the world. Pray then for a multiplication of the loaves. Pray to do as Jesus did that multiplied the loaves and fish.

Pray to give ourselves as gifts. If we don’t offer ourselves, Jesus will not bless anything.

Pray to offer to God as Jesus did. Let us lift everything to the Lord to sanctify our daily offerings and let him take over and convert our daily gifts of sacrifices into his own.

Be strong to break the bread. Let’s be ready to break lives, not preserve them for ourselves. Remember, preserve yourself and only you live. But be broken and let life flow to others and both you and others live.

Finally, share. This is the secret of life for all. All people share, both rich and poor. We are not so poor as to have nothing to give, and so rich as to have nothing to receive. It is in sharing that we see life abound. This is what Jesus did. Let us multiply what he did through our lives! Remember, we only have one life to live so use it for others.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:15 PM

    your message for Sunday's Gospel relates much to mothers like me....we
    keep on "breaking" to make our children live, broken once and all the
    time. But this pain of breaking for the sake of the children becomes
    joy within seeing them move towards their dreams with God in their
    hearts....God bless us all!

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  2. Anonymous5:28 PM

    "The great tragedy of life is not that men perish but that they cease to love." For love is the strongest force the world possesses,yet it is also the most humbling.

    Jesus gave us the perfect love that gave us Eternal life.And yet as Humans,limited to our own imperfections have a limited form of conditional love.It is imperfect.It oftentimes falter and fail.

    And yet our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising everytime we fall.

    Pain paralyses life...love releases it.

    Hatred confuses life...love harmonizes it.

    Greed darkens life...love illuminates it.

    And in giving of ourselves in the service of God and of others we begin with love as it lays the foundation of life.

    From it comes forth the sharing,giving,offering,reaching out to others and eventually living.

    Yes indeed,we have to pray for the multiplicity of loaves and fish as what Jesus did.For our only life in order to live it to the fullest has to be lived for others.

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