Beads of Joy 08-01-11
Remarkable Generosity of God
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
There is no doubt in my mind that God loves us; I would also be bold enough to say that knowing many of you personally, you to feel the same way. God is so good to us, even when we know we don’t deserve His mercy, His love and especially His forgiveness. Yet with all that said, He still is generous to us in all that He does. So many people don’t see or know when to watch for God’s remarkable generosity, but you know it is all around us, and we get it actually every single day. Today’s gospel is Matthew 14:13-21 (The Return of The Twelve and the Feeding of the 5,000). When I read today’s gospel, many thoughts come to mind, but I think of this one particular one that may awaken many thoughts. Today I ask how much do we really trust in our Lord and our God? Do we trust in Him enough that when we are blessed with a little or a lot, that we opening and very willingly share it with others? Or do we hoard what we have for ourselves and our family, and forget about helping anyone else? Yes that’s a tough thought to be left thinking about.
This miracle seemed like an impossible task; even the disciples doubted it would be possible. After all they were far from any village or home and everyone must have been hungry; yet with what little they had Jesus said basically that was all He needed to meet the needs of everyone. Was it the generosity of the disciples sharing? Or was it Jesus’ heart feeling for those following Him? Or maybe it was the combination of giving and love that Jesus feed everyone with so little, and even after all were filled, there were still left overs. This miracle may seem absolutely amazing, and I won’t deny how enormous it probably was. Just a quick thought on how enormous this was. When we are hungry we tend to eat a lot more than if we were just ready for a meal, so look at verses 20-21, “And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” Think about the typical man’s appetite, and then also think about growing children’s appetites, teenagers, young men; the amount ones consumption alone can be pretty big. Scripture says, “And they all ate and were satisfied.” that says a lot. Obviously they all didn’t simply pass around a loaf of bread and take a bite.
Let us take a moment and think outside the box, and consider all that we experience everyday as we walk through this life. How many times do we say, “Wow, we had more than enough!” Or, “That’s incredible, we needed so many pieces and we had them!” Or, “That’s the last scoop, and everyone got to eat!” Come on there are so many wonderful miraculous joys that we experience every day, sometimes it’s just a matter of being aware that they are miracles in whatever capacity we receive them. God knows our needs long before we even have them, we really need to trust in Him, that He will provide for us, what we need.
In today’s gospel Jesus met the physical worldly needs of thousands of people, and what did He have to work with? A very small very generous amount given to Him to be used to share with others, and what happened; God blessed it and all of them. Let us open our hearts and our wallets, and our cabinets and our refrigerators and help each other. This journey in life is all about returning home to God. The only thing is many will be lost along the way. Let us do all we can to help one another stay straight to the course and in the end we can all rejoice.
“Jesus, I trust in You.”
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim(The Rosary Man)Dacey Jr. SFO
Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple