Give them some food yourselves… 29May2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“Do not omit Holy Communion unless you know well that your fall was serious; no doubt must stop you from uniting yourself with Me in the mystery of My love.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina, from her Diary: par. 156


It must be part of our human nature to be attracted to challenges. Why else do we climb mountains or participate in extreme sports except to stretch our abilities in an effort to expand them and develop new ones? Challenges help grow our talents, our capabilities and our confidence, but there are some challenges that can have just the opposite effect and deflate our sensibilities and pride.

Imagine Jesus standing in our midst with 5,000 hungry people and telling us to, “give them some food yourselves.” It’s worth more than a moments contemplation because even with our wealth and the many outlets for obtaining food there is still the prospect of preparing it and finding a place that would accommodate such a large gathering.

We make things too complicated some times. Notice the simplicity. “Have them sit down in groups of fifty.” Right there on the grassy field He blesses the bread and fish and gives them to the disciples to distribute. It was a prelude to His Bread-of-Life discourse which would challenge His followers beyond their understanding, especially Judas.

Fulton Sheen suggests that Judas checked out, mentally at least, when so many followers left Jesus. After Peter’s acclamation, “ You have the words of eternal life” (Jn. 6:68), the Master replied, “Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is not one of you a devil”(Jn. 6:70)? The Truth of the moment was too great a challenge for Judas to surmount. In fact, none of us are able to surmount it without the Grace of Faith and we must constantly find ways to reaffirm our Faith so as to enjoy the full benefits of Christ’s Promise and Mercy.

This Sunday we have the opportunity to affirm our faith and proclaim it to the world. Somewhere, there is a Corpus Christi procession that we can participate in. Why not take some friends and family with us.

Deacon Richard


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