for Sunday, July 29, 2012
Do you really believe that God will take care of you? The first reading
and the Gospel today insist that God watches over us and always gives us
enough. The stories are about giving food to eat, but if God is going to
give us food to eat, He will surely give us all that we really need. Food
can be a symbol of all that we need to live.
There are saints in our Catholic tradition who have trusted so much in
Divine Providence that they have never even thought about money or about
their own needs. Most of us are not quite that trusting. Today's readings
invite us to grow in this kind of trust.
Elisha the Prophet was the great follower of Elijah. They are really
strong spiritual figures in the literature of our Jewish ancestors.
Because they were totally committed to the Lord, the Lord was totally
committed to them. That doesn't mean at all that they had an easy life.
On the contrary, the more we trust in the Lord, the more He seems to test
The Gospel of John today states so clearly that Jesus was testing Philip.
At any point, Philip could have failed the test and told Jesus to leave him
alone. Instead, he does what Jesus asks of him. That is so important in
the spiritual life: do what the Lord asks of you. Today, far too often,
we believe that our own insights are better than the word of God. Instead,
the word of God brings life, holiness, joy and peace. Our own insights
might bring pleasure and momentary happiness, but it never lasts.
The Letter to the Ephesians sums up what it means to live as a follower of
Jesus: we must have humility, gentleness, patience, bear with one another
through love, strive to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond
of peace. That is really an incredible way to live. It sounds wonderful
but it will take a complete commitment on our part to live that way.
Jesus will take care of us. He will feed us, spiritually and physically.
He will show us how we can live those qualities of the Letter to the
Ephesians. Jesus will not make our lives easy, but He will show us the
wonders of His love.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: 2 Kings 4.42-44
Second Reading: Ephesians 4.1-6
Gospel: John 6.1-15
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