August 3, 2015

Aug. 3

August 3, 2015:  Monday, 18th week, Ordinary Time

See ten connections between my outfit
and today's readings and celebration?

Legend below


Pope Francis Angelus
The people gave more value to the bread than the Giver of the bread; Jesus highlighted the need to look beyond gift to Giver.  God is both!  Be open to perspective not only of preoccupation with material needs but to food that's not corruptible that we must seek.  Don't work for food that perishes but for food the Son will give us that endures.  We have a hunger for life, for eternity, that only the Bread of Life can satisfy.  Openness to meeting Jesus every day will illuminate our lives and give meaning to small gifts, sufferings and preoccupations.  The Eucharist is the greatest gift; it fulfills body and soul.
Our lives can be tortuous, but meeting and welcoming Jesus gives them meaning, hope, and the duty to satisfy others' spiritual and material needs.  We must announce the Gospel everywhere; with the witness of solidarity towards our neighbor, we make Christ and his love present.
  • Nm 11:4b-15  Israelites:  “Would that we had meat!  We miss the food we ate in Egypt.  We're famished now and see nothing but this manna.”  When Moses heard the people's cry, angering the Lord, he was grieved.  Moses to Lord:  “Why do you treat me so badly?  Why are you so displeased with me that you burden me with these people?  Where can I get meat for them?  They're too heavy for me to carry.  If you're going to deal with me like this, just kill me now....
  • Ps 81:12-17  "Sing with joy to God our help."  “My people didn't obey me, so I gave them up to their stubbornness and let them go their own way.  If they'd hear me and walk in my ways, I'd humble their enemies and fill them with honey from the rock....
  • Mt 14:13-21  When Jesus heard John the Baptist died, he withdrew, but the crowds followed him.  When he saw them, he was moved with pity and cured their sick.  At evening, the disciples asked Jesus to dismiss the crowds so they could eat, he told them to give them food instead, they said all they had were five loaves and two fish, he blessed and broke the loaves, the disciples gave them to the crowds, all were satisfied, and twelve baskets were left over.  About 5,000 men ate, plus women and children.
    • Creighton:  Jesus tried to take time to mourn his cousin's death, but he put his needs aside to minister to the crowds.  The disciples, not wanting the crowd to starve, suggested Jesus dismiss them, and Jesus told them to feed them.  He blessed the little they have, and they could feed everyone.  May we turn our gifts and hopes over to Jesus....
    • Passionist:  Some say the miracle of the loaves and fishes was that people shared the food they brought, but I believe Jesus really multiplied the loaves and fish.  If I share my lunch with you, we'd each get half, but since they ate all they wanted, it seems there was more than sharing could provide.  We often think there's not enough, but when God provides, there's more than enough.  This story also points to the miracle of the Eucharist where Jesus gives himself as spiritual food every day....
    •  People were drawn to Jesus because they were hungry for God; his message and miracles stirred hope that God was acting to set people free and bring them blessings.  He never disappointed those who earnestly sought him out.  Jesus blessed the few loaves and fish they had so all could be satisfied and baskets were left over.  The miracle recalled the manna; that daily provision of food foreshadowed the heavenly bread Jesus passed on to his disciples at his last supper, the Eucharist that sustains us on our journey.  The miracle shows God's generosity and kindness.  God gives more than we need for ourselves so we may have something to share with those who lack what they need.  God multiplies what we have for the good of others. Do I trust that God provides?  Do I share freely?
      • Oswald, king, brought Christianity to his people, man of prayer and charity to the needy.
    Dress legend
    • 'Fish' pin:  "We remember the fish we ate in Egypt" (1st reading); "we only have 5 loaves and 2 fish" (gospel)
    • 'Musical note' tie pin:  "Sing with joy to God our help." (psalm)
    • 'Hearts' suspenders:  "I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts" (psalm)
    • 'Wheat' pin:  "I'd feed Israel with the best of wheat..." (psalm)
    • 'Honey' tie, 'rock' tie pin:  "... and fill them with honey from the rock" (psalm)
    • 'Precious feet' pin:  The crowds followed Jesus on foot (gospel)
    • 'Abacus' tie pin:  'Multiplication' of the loaves and fishes (how to multiply)  (gospel)
    • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

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