Saturday, July 25, 2015

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B

Multiplication of the loaves!

John 6:1-15

The multiplication of the loaves is already prefigured even in the Old Testament from the Book of Kings.  Definitely it is a miracle from God that fed his people.

There are other miracles behind it if we also want to witness the multiplication of the loaves in our world today.  It is found in the gospel.

The first is the miracle of giving.  The apostles were thinking in practical terms.  But it takes a boy to generously give his share.  We will not witness the multiplication unless we give a portion of ourselves to the Lord.

Second, the miracle of sanctification.  The bread is made holy.  Sanctification is offering our lives to Christ.  Sanctification is offering our children to God if we truly love them and we want them to live.  How they grow in the love of God is miracle indeed!

Third, the miracle of distributing the blessed loaves.  Not only are loaves distributed, but the very presence of Jesus is distributed in us.  Now, we become the body of Christ meant to be shared to others.  Nobody should be hungry anymore because all serve the Lord to give food to others.

Can you see the miracle of the presence of Jesus in the world today?  Everyone should be fed!  Let's start with ourselves.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B

To be a prophet

Mark 6:1-6

"Whether they listen or not, there is a prophet among them." So goes the first reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel.  Can we detect the prophet among us?

 It also goes the same way with Jesus who said, "No prophet is welcome in his own place."

How can we detect the modern-day prophet?  Can we be prophets?

First, a prophet is fully human in touch with the world and not just a soothsayer.  He hears the cry of the poor.

Second, a prophet is faithful to God and speaks His word and not his own.  Whose message are we transmitting?

Third, a prophet's capacity to see the future springs from his knowledge of God's will.  From there he can see the consequence of his words and actions, whether for salvation or for doom.

It doesn't matter whether others will accept or reject us, as long as we are prophets of the Lord we are safe and sound in God's arms.