“…so that nothing gets wasted…”

John 6:13

Thursday, 29 July 2021

John 6:1-15

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

At the end of the meal, when all are satisfied, Jesus asks for the leftovers to be collected “so that nothing gets wasted”. Let us look at Jesus’ words again, ‘that nothing gets wasted’.

In Pope Francis’ Laudato Si we read that in God’s creation, everything recycles and so there is no waste. Think of water evaporating from the oceans, lakes, rivers and icebergs and going up into the atmosphere where under the right circumstances, it rains, hails or snows down on us again. Consider plants or trees dying and breaking down and replenishing the soil to provide nutrition for the new growth. Recollect how oxygen is provided for by God’s through photosynthesis in green plants on land and sea to absorb the carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen for us. There is no waste in God’s plan.

Can we imitate this by limiting the use of resources to the level at which they can replenish themselves; and by developing that which after use can become a resource again and not damage our environment. So many go without their basic needs. Yet, there is so much waste in our families, communities, and the world. Let me look again at my waste and see how I can contribute to God’s creation and not be part of the waste and destruction.

How can I reduce my use of resources and recycle where possible? Where can I simplify my life so that there is enough for all? How can I be ‘neighbour’? What is enough for me? 

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.


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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