Sunday's reading mark God's generosity and kindness
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Our first reading for this 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time comes from the Prophet Isaiah inviting us to “come to the water” and “listen, that you may have life”. One of my favorite places for prayer is near water. There is something so calming for me to see the sun sparkling on the waves and to listen to them as they splash on the shore! Isaiah’s image is a source of comfort and peace.
We move on to the Gospel passage where Jesus is met with thousands of men, women and children who are very hungry. In a miracle of compassion, Jesus takes five loaves and two fish, blesses them and provides enough food for the crowd and even has leftovers! His one act of love provides strength and nourishment in abundance!
We’ve seen countless examples of someone doing one act of love and that act inspiring others to do the same and more. We’ve seen Jesus’ compassion in the eyes and hearts of people putting themselves at risk to help others. They, too, are providing strength and nourishment in abundance. They are also sources of comfort and peace.
- What brings you comfort and peace?
- Where have you seen acts of love and compassion in the past weeks?
- What will you do to bring nourishment and strength to another?
Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts on these very special Readings.
I was particularly touched by your closing questions. They made me think!
Blessings! Father Bill