for Sunday, July 31, 2011
Jesus has compassion. Jesus gives us Himself to eat or Jesus Himself gives
us something to eat. It costs nothing for us to have the bread of life, it
is given to us freely and that may be why we don't always appreciate it.
The first reading today from the Prophet Isaiah tells us not to waste our
money and time looking for food that will not satisfy us. We are people
who have a deep inner capacity and only from the depths of that capacity
can we be satisfied. It is always amazing how the Scriptures are able to
identify the deepest part within us and keep directing us to that depth in
our search for meaning, in our search for God.
One of the marvels of our Judeo - Christian faith is that God loves us so
much that He reveals Himself to us. This is not a God who hides from us—at
least not normally—but a God who wants to reveal Himself to us and who
wants us to share in His divine life.
The Letter to the Romans, from which comes our second reading today, tells
us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. How often we
think that our smallness, our littleness, our brokenness or any other part
of us will cut us off from the Lord. It just is not true. Much better the
saying that even if we are faithless, HE remains faithful. He loves us, He
pardons and He invites us to share His life. Nothing can stop His love for
us even though we can choose not to accept it.
It is in that choosing not to accept the love of God that we find the
depths of our human freedom, a paradoxical depths. When we choose against
God, using our own freedom, we actually negate our own freedom. Only to
choose for God is true freedom, even though we have the capacity to choose
against God. Only in God is our capacity to love, to forgive and to
reconcile truly alive.
The Gospel brings us back to sharing the very food of God, the food that
God gives to us, the food that nurtures us and gives us true life. This
account, taken from the Gospel of Matthew, only foreshadows the incredible
love that God gives us in His Son Jesus Christ. The message of today is
very clear in the Gospel: give yourself away and you will always have more
Why are we frightened to give ourselves away? Are we really afraid that
we will be left with nothing? No, it cannot be. Always when we give
ourselves away for the sake of the Gospel, God restores us and even more.
Trust in the Lord forever.
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