(Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15 Ephesians 4: 17, 20-24 John: 6: 24-35)
As creatures, we depend primarily on Our Creator for our sustenance and wellbeing. God has already provided for us all that we need here on earth; we only acquire and use creation. It is our uncontrollable concupiscence that has become the bane and the mole to the satisfaction that creation offers us. For this reason, we become so ungrateful to an extent that we despise the Creator only for us to latch on to the beauty of creation. This may seem to stem from the confusion we have with our needs and wants. Our wants are almost always generated from within us, with the purpose of satisfying our selfish desires, without having any regard to the obvious consequences that may offend God, our neighbors, and our individual selves. Our wants, in fact, blind our visions towards the bright promise of immortality; they make us choose and hold fast on to the transient elusive unsatisfactory pleasures on earth.
Jesus comes in to rectify our inordinate desires so that we may channel them through him for our good and the good of his Holy Church. But this point of channeling is a matter of choice to respond to the calling of Jesus. Many miracles may be wrought in the name of Jesus. But these are not meant to be ends in themselves; rather, they serve as a beacon pointing to the Truth, the Way, and the Life, Jesus. Many are those who easily follow all sorts of miracles because of the so called Gospel of Prosperity. One may have all the prosperity in this world; but if in his possessions he forgets about giving the glory, the honor, and the power to the source of the riches and at the same time fails to be a good steward who distributes his goodness at the proper time, then all will be vanity. As Christ would question: “What will profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Therefore, we ought to seek the kingdom of God first and foremost by living the life of Christ, before we even think of acquiring worldly wealth, because the possession of this world cannot and will not necessarily win us an entry to heaven. Trust in Jesus first!
(2 Kings 4: 42-44 Ephesians 4: 1-6 John 6: 1-15)
Miracles are just simple common things that abound us, yet we overlook them each and every moment of our lives. If we find some time and patience to appreciate and share all that we have and are with each other, there will be so much happiness in our world through the many wonderful miracles we perform by our selfless lives.
As a Church, we all have our uniqueness and differences which are crucial in the formation of a unity by a process of augmentation of a fragmentation. When we give up all that we have and are in a spirit of self-dedication with the sole purpose of bringing joy and happiness to our neighbors, we actually bring Christ to the life of many, for we imitate his good example of laying down his life for us. We can only succeed in this regard when we place our total trust in God, as Christ our Master himself trusted in the will of the Father. The sacraments of service, that is Marriage and Holy Orders, are a good way to bring out such qualities of causing miracles. We do this by placing our strengths and weaknesses together into building the Body of Christ through the sharing of a total life of Trust in Tithing our Time, Talent, and Treasure with the fervent exercises of the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. In these sacraments of service, we make many come to savor the sweetness of the abundance of Christ’s Love in his Light and Life.
(Jeremiah 23: 1-6 Ephesians 2: 13-18 Mark 6: 30-34)
By our communion with Jesus, forming his Mystical Body through a complete Christian initiation, the Faithful have an august task of making Christ’s presence be felt as we exercise our roles as Kings, Prophets, and Priests by our words and actions. We cannot, therefore, claim to be Christians and fail to put these roles into action; otherwise we will cause scandals and lead many weak souls astray since a wrong, bizarre, and bleak depiction of Jesus will be perceived through our failure to live the life of Christ. This is true to the current breakdown and decadence of the core fiber of the society which should be Christo-centric to which many are called to draw ever-renewing and ever-rewarding graces.
So many people are saddened by what is going on in our world today as if we have no aim on earth, and as if the sacrifice of Christ on the cross has no meaning and benefit to us. The signs of our present time are an indication of our failure to preach and teach Christ fervently without any distortions. It is not too late to salvage the situation: we must muster some courage to take up the responsibility to lead those who still live in darkness by our shining example of a life of holiness infused with the empowering Breath of the Holy Spirit, for without the Holy Spirit we can do nothing about leading a life of holiness, let alone leading others out of their darkness.
(Amos 7: 12-15 Ephesians 1: 3-14 Mark6: 7-13)
We spend so much time and energy worrying about the lives of others which may appear to be devoid of God’s presence, thinking everyone ought to be like us. Unfortunately, no amount of worrying will ever bring forth a society that is Christ-centered. The only thing we can do is to activate the graces we have received, especially those received from the sacraments, to help evangelize by presenting and proclaiming Jesus before we even think of catechizing others with strict laid down rules. People will neither understand nor embrace any teachings of Christ, unless the True Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross for our sake and our salvation, is first and foremost duly and rightfully proclaimed.
The proclamation of Jesus is to expound the themes of the year: Christ our Light and Christ our Life. Christians ought to demonstrate these two themes by what they do and say; otherwise, hypocrisy will be perpetrated. We cannot proclaim Christ at one and at the same time have lives that are at odds with Jesus’ key note address for us to repent or have a complete change from our egoistic lives of darkness so as to live his life in his light. Remember, we have a communion in and with Christ, and for that matter we become the hope of glory to the rest of the world and to our individual selves if we keep on remaining in Christ in all that we do and say.
(Ezekiel 2: 2-5 2 Corinthians 12: 7 -10 Mark 6: 1-6)
Humans always expect some level of recognition and achievement in the efforts put in any enterprise. With hard labor in the Lord’s vineyard to make ourselves true Christians and helping others to come to Christ with a sense of fearing God and respecting our neighbors, we sometimes see ourselves as failures because we do not always have the results. But there is nothing we can do about it except to bear in mind that it is not by our human strengths that we achieve any holiness; it is by the grace of God which is sufficient for us to succeed, if we only cooperate with it.
Since creation, humankind has been arrogant and obstinate; we have never learned any lessons from our past mistakes because either we gloat in the transient pleasures of our past mistakes, or we are simply oblivious of the dire consequences of our mistakes. Some of us will surely be called and chosen to be holy moles to bring us back to the frontline of living holy lives with an attendant unquestionable morality. Generally, all Christians have been called and chosen for this purpose. But, if we continue to fail to acknowledge the visitation of our Lord and Savior to make our societies holy, God will use any possible means to our dismay which we sometimes refer to as God’s punishment to achieve the purpose for which we were created: to give him the greatest glory, honor, and praise. The systematic elimination and rejection of God and his graces from our lives will surely be our downfall; we gain and profit so much from acknowledging God’s presence and graces among us. Our God is “Deus inter nos” and not “Deus otiosus et absconditus”, the Immanuel and not an otiose God with whom we can succeed.
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