Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for July 25, 2021

Reflection for July 25, 2021

Plenty and then some

The  message of the multiplication of loaves is clear: God satisfies our hunger hearts

Generous is our God. So generous that nothing and no one can provide for us the way our Creator does, as outlined in Sunday’s first reading and Gospel. How do we respond to God’s generosity? The second reading mentions a few ways: with humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace.

Reflection questions:
  1. How does God feed you? 
  2. Reflect on the photo and consider the times when you have been moved by Jesus to give to others. How did the others respond? What, if anything, would you do differently?
  3. Consider the child in the photo. How do you respond  to the generosity of God and others?


Jessica Phillips
07/23/2021 1:05 pm

I so appreciate this. In fact this is part of what our summer youth mission trip will be centered around. We have an abundance even when we don't think so, especially in each other. That we can learn to be and continue to be the heart, hands and feet of Jesus by making sure we ourselves seek Him, love Him and spend time with Him. We must be fed so that we can continue to feed others.

I hope you don't mind but I may use your reflection during our week.

Father Bill Jacobs
07/24/2021 6:32 pm

Dear Good Sister!

Thanks so much your beautiful reflection. I loved the thought-provoking questions & the picture was a true winner.

I really miss you folks. Let's Pray for each other..

In Christ's Love & tender Mercy,

Father Bill

07/25/2021 9:16 am

And sometimes I wonder ....... Who provided and packed this boy's lunch? Why was he there? Where were his parents? Siblings?

And I think, too, of the stories that make today's news about a youngster who is so moved after learning of a particular disaster or suffering, s/he -- with the support of his/her parent/s -- takes up the cause.

And I wonder if we, too, can "become like little children," as JESUS directs us, [Matt. 18:3] so as to 'taste' what it means to live and to give freely - no strings attached? A moment of spontaneity, perhaps? A moment of unhindered, selfless detachment? A moment of pure joy and bliss?

And pondering further ..... how were others who knew or who witnessed the action of this lad impacted? What became of the boy as he grew up? Did he continue to seek and to listen to JESUS? Did he become one of the earliest followers -- even after he learned of JESUS' death?

How did he come to understand his -- and JESUS' -- actions in the giving and blessing and sharing of the bread and fish later in life? How did he come to understand Resurrection? And Presence?

How do you and I live within the Paschal Mystery -- and Presence -- each and every moment of our lives?

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