“Take him by force to make him king.”

John 6:15

Friday, 30 July 2021

John 6:1-15

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

The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish has come about because of the gifting of our little bit and God’s immense generosity. Jesus disappears into the hills when the crowd responds by wanting to make Jesus king. Perhaps at times, we too, want to make Jesus into something that he is not and seek to give him status, power and possessions that we so often regard as the sign of ‘success’.

The realm of God is different from this. It is about love, and love is about emptying. In this time where the few serve their own agendas at the expense of the majority of South Africans, particularly those who are most needy, let us seek to live resurrection life each day by embracing all that brings life for all. God’s realm comes about by keeping our eyes on God and then reflecting God’s love visible in our eyes to those around us in our words and actions.

Seated around God’s banquet table at the Eucharist, we are one body in the Spirit, and the living in bonds of hope, peace and calling, reflect in our daily lives. God has provided enough. There will be enough for all when we each bring our ‘loaves and fish’, our small bit to share. As we recognise how interconnected we all are in God, let us take ‘bread’, give thanks to our generous God, and share it with others in imitation of and response to Jesus’ teaching. 

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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