Pastor’s Letter July 25, 2021
Today’s Gospel – the loaves and fishes from John’s Gospel- is a classic reflection on how God multiplies his favors, and how we come to share what we have. There are a series of steps.
1. We are in the presence of Christ. The disciples and the crowd have spent the day with Jesus. That is where we are, with Him who is God present among us.
2. We should be moved by compassion. They notice that the people must be getting hungry, they need relief. When we look around what do we notice? Are we moved by the needs of those around us- their spiritual as well as their material needs.
3. We should make an inventory of what we have, even if it seems to be too little. Jesus would like us to see clearly what has been given to us. How it might fall short is his concern- we should offer what we have.
4. We should hand it over to Jesus. There should be a prayer to go with each gift. We should trust that God will do more than we ask or imagine.
5. We organize people so that things can be shared effectively. Jesus has them divide in groups before He gives thanks, blesses and breaks the bread and fish.
6. Gather what is left over together. They fill baskets with what remains. No one thought it could be done- it was Manna from heaven. We should stop and admire what remains from our giving. The action is in the re-action- not what we do, but what God does with what we do.
Take some time this week- the gift of being with Jesus, the resources you have, the chance to share them, be prepared to see a multiplying power,
Fr. Martin Curtin