Weekend Reflections for 8/1/14
Weekend Reflection for 8/1/14
Jesus always provides more
By Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. … Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” (Matthew 14:14 & 16)
The crowds came looking for, hoping for, expecting a Messiah who would lead them in violent conflict to throw out the occupying Roman army. Instead they encountered and received the healing and nourishing power of a compassionate and loving God. It’s what they needed most and Jesus gave it freely and generously.
Do I provide my loved ones (or enemies!) with what they need?, love, support, understanding, encouragement, forgiveness? As the apostles learned, if I give it away, I’ll always have more than enough. God will not be outdone in generosity. If I try to keep it for myself or am stingy with it, I’ll lose it all.