by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
Sunday's readings are wonderfully complementary. They invite, respond, bless and surprise!
Isaiah's words invite us to come -- come heedfully to the Lord and listen - so that we may have life. To what depth of life do these words summon us?
The responsorial psalm states: "The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs." How does this happen in the everyday moments of our lives?
In St. Paul's letter to the Romans, Paul tries to calm all questions with his conviction ... "For I am convinced that ... nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." How convinced are we of God's everlasting love for us?
The Gospel is Matthew's version of the feeding of the 5,000 (not counting women and children). Jesus has been spiritually feeding everyone with his teachings. The people gathered are physically hungry. The disciples have five loaves and two fish only. What is that for so many? They learn it is enough when blessed and shared. The surprise twist is they gather up 12 baskets of leftovers! What marvelous "meal(s)" have we experienced recently?
Beautiful reminder, Carrie. Thanks. God has given us enough.
Thanks, Carrie, for your concise reminders of God's 'hunger' to feed us all ways. Aren't we so spoiled??
Blessed and shared...thank you for the beautiful reminder!