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Daily Prayer 2015-08-03
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Feed Them Yourselves!
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
August 3, 2015. Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
When Jesus heard of it, he withdrew in a
boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard
of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart
was moved with pity for them, and he cured their
sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and
said, "This is a deserted place and it is already
late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to
the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said to
them, "There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves." But they said to him,
"Five loaves and two fish are all we have here."
Then he said, "Bring them here to me," and he
ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking
the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up
to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and
gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them
to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and
they picked up the fragments left over-- twelve wicker baskets
full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not
counting women and children.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you
want me to have faith in you, faith that hearkens
to your words without any second guessing. I hope in
your words, not relying solely on my own strength or
reasoning. I love you. You continue to astonish me by
showing me that your ways are not my ways.
Jesus, increase my faith.
- When Our Efforts Bear Little Fruit:
Our mission is to extend Christ’s Kingdom in society. Each
one of us must do so according to his or
her state in life. At times, however, it may seem
that our efforts are not bringing about the desired results.
We love Christ so much, and yet so many of
our family, friends and acquaintances do not know or love
him at all. We love our country and wish that
all our fellow countrymen would discover for themselves the beauty
of our Catholic faith. We know that in this faith
lie all the answers to the fundamental questions and aspirations
of the human heart. We work hard, we brainstorm initiatives,
we join with others, we strive to do our best,
and yet, it sometimes seems that others are not hearing
Christ’s message. What is wrong? What more can we do?
- Feed Them Yourselves: Our Lord tells the apostles to
feed the multitude. How could they possibly feed 5,000 men,
not to mention women and children? They had only five
loaves and two fish. Surely this was a parable, they
thought. They were too focused on how little they could
do; they did not see beyond their own weakness. What
went through their heads when he told them to sit
the people down in groups? What did they say in
that moment? We don’t know. We do know, however, that
they listened to Christ. They did what they were told.
They did not go about complaining that it was pointless.
And so, in their act of obedience they actually began
to feed the people themselves.
- What Is Impossible for
Man Is Possible for God: Our Lord multiplied the loaves
of bread and the fish by his divine power. Interestingly,
he fed the people through the Twelve. The apostles, despite
their weakness, were the vessels who distributed the multiplied bread
and fish to the people. Christ can do great things
in us as well, if we let him. In the
face of the challenges of the New Evangelization, if we
bring our weakness and limitations to Christ and are ready
to do as he asks, then we, too, shall bear
Conversation with Christ: Once again, Lord, you show us
your goodness and kindness. The apostles turned to yand poured
out their hearts. And you answered their prayers, giving them
fruits beyond all measure. Lord, I want to pray as
they prayed. I want to do what you ask as
they did, in faith and love.
Resolution: I will ask for
the grace to serve as Christ’s vessel of evangelization, striving
not to allow difficulties to cause me to lose heart.
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