“Here is a small boy with five barley loaves and two fish.”

John 6:9

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

John 6:1-15

Jesus invites us, the Body of Christ, to feed the hungry as he does.

“Jesus then took the loaves.. and the fish.. and when he had given thanks, he distributed them” to this huge crowd. Jesus again turns to God and gives thanks for that which the young boy shared. The miracle combined the sharing of the little bit the people had with the utter generosity of God through his Son. There was more than enough for all.

God’s bounty to us is released by our sharing with one another, particularly when there is great need and for those most oppressed. We know the need in our country at the moment has been magnified by both the pandemic and the violence. In turning to God, we let go of ourselves, even if momentarily, and see God’s family and its needs with God’s eyes.

Imagine this picture now. God is amongst all of God’s children. We all come as we are, in all our giftedness and weakness, in all our differences, with our gifts. Together, this will be all we need. We are invited to be seated in groups throughout the world, seated in the beauty of creation at the banquet of our God. We look around and recognise that we are all guests of God’s hospitality, invited to share the gifts of God’s creation. God provides enough for all when we share.

What is my role in this family of which I am part? What can I share with those in need in a way that supplies an immediate need and empowers the recipients to keep their dignity, provide for themselves and in time to have sufficient to be able to share too?

There is enough for all if we care and share. Let us, the Body of Christ, imitate Jesus in his presence, generosity, inclusiveness and love.

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord make me an instrument of Your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness joy. O Divine master grant that I may Not so much seek to be consoled as to console To be understood, as to understand. To be loved. as to love For it's in giving that we receive And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned And it's in dying that we are born To eternal life.

Amen.

 
Katharine Knowles

Katharine Knowles was educated at the Dominican Convent of Our Lady of Mercy in Springs; and at the University of the Witwatersrand where she did a B.Sc. Physiotherapy graduating in 1973. She worked in this field, except for a few child-bearing years, until retirement in the last few years. She was trained as a spiritual director by the Jesuit Institute. She is deeply grateful for the gift of 3 children and 4 grandchildren (so far). Hobbies include walking, reading, being in nature and travel.

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