Tuesday, July 27, 2021

We feed others (Annie Turner)

   Blessed John the 23rd, a man of great humility and joy who oversaw the Vatican II Council and opened the doors of the Catholic Church to the winds of modernity, used to pray in bed at night with these words: Lord, it’s your Church, not mine. I did the best I can. I’m going to bed.

   This is a good attitude to have. It doesn’t take away our responsibility to vote, or to help the poor and the needy. It just reminds us that ultimately, this is not in our hands. What is in my hands is making soup, bringing some to a vet friend who just had his mouth harpooned by a dentist, and feeding my guys at the end of a long work day.

   It doesn’t always feel like much, but somehow, I think it is much. We feed others. And they go out into the world to feed others. Imagine those hands cradled round a cup of hot homemade soup and I think we have a small glimpse of heaven – a concrete, earthy, nourishing heaven.

--Annie Turner     

Image source: https://www.orientaltrading.com/woman-of-faith-soup-mug-and-coaster-a2-13936781.fltr 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Look! (Mary Oliver)

Let me keep company always 
with those who say, 
and laugh in astonishment, 
and bow their heads. 

--Mary Oliver, Devotions 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Every day is a chance for a small feast (Simcha Fisher)

   Every single blessed day, Jesus is calling us to come together with the people he has put in our path, asking us to feed each other, asking us to let him feed us. Sometimes the family table really is an altar, and sometimes we are the sacrifice. Sometimes someone we love says something stupid and mean, and we use our free will and do not snap back, and then the angels sing. Every day is a chance for a small feast or a chance for a small sacrifice. Every day can be an image of the Eucharist. Although we are required to work hard and do our best, it is not about us or our efforts. The one thing that makes a difference is if we stand aside and let the Holy Spirit in.

--Simcha Fisher

Image source: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/7-ways-to-make-saying-grace-a-trend.html
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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Let us too become bread (St. Albert Chmielowski)

        I look at Jesus in his Eucharist. Could his love have provided anything more beautiful? If he is bread, let us too become bread… Let us give ourselves. 

--St. Albert Chmielowski 

Image source: Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, illumination, Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, https://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2018/07/deacon-bickerstaff-the-eucharist-in-johns-gospel/
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Friday, July 23, 2021

Everything we need to feed the world (Fr. Ron Rolheiser)

   We are all familiar with the story of the fishes and the loaves. So little food, so many people.  The resources of the Gospel always seem hopelessly dwarfed by the world’s power, the world’s hunger, the world’s sin, and the resources that the world itself seems to offer. 

   What do we need to understand about the story? We need to understand that when we are with the bread of life, everything we need to feed the world, we already have. We don’t need to go anywhere to buy anything.  We have the resources already.

--Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Sunday Gospel Reflection, July 25, 2021: Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?

Are we aware of God’s gifts?

   In the Book of Kings, the prophet Elisha knows the people are experiencing a food shortage due to drought. But when a man comes bearing twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits, and fresh grain in the ear, Elisha recognizes these as God’s gift. Give it to the people to eat, Elisha tells his servant, They shall eat and there shall be some left over. Elisha knows, as Psalm 145 tells us, that the hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs. The world depends upon God’s generous gifts; the psalm reassures us that when the eyes of all look hopefully to God, God gives them their food in due season. It is our job to open to every gift that reveals God’s presence, that we might be fully aware of God’s action in our lives. 

   Jesus, God’s greatest gift, also reveals the Father by providing for the large crowd that is following him. In John’s Gospel, five barley loaves and two fish are certainly not enough in human terms to feed such a crowd, but on God’s terms there is plenty. Jesus is capable of doing extraordinary things, but his disciples are not immediately aware that he is inviting them to participate in the miracle. The event has Eucharistic overtones; later, Jesus will offer himself to us in order to draw us into him and into his life, that we might live as one body. Paul calls the Ephesians to a unity they are not yet experiencing, a unity that is located in all God has revealed. To be worthy of the call, we must live as Christ lived, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love. Only once we do so can we be fully aware of the gifts we have been given, and ourselves be God’s gift, a gift to a world so desperately in need of food for body and soul. 

This post is based on Fr. Pat’s Scripture class. 
Image source: www.wordclouds.com

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

He does promise you peace (Patricia Heaton)

   I have to keep reminding myself: If you give your life to God, he doesn’t promise you happiness and that everything will go well. But he does promise you peace. You can have peace and joy, even in bad circumstances. 

--Patricia Heaton       

Image source: Rowan and Irene LeCompte, Christ Shows Himself to Thomas, mosaic, Resurrection Chapel, Washington National Cathedral, https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu//act-imagelink.pl?RC=54879