Tuesday after Epiphany
January 7, 2020
Today, in Mercy, our readings empower us for unbounded possibility!
John’s letter tells us why:
In this is love:
not that we have loved God,
but that God loved us…
God has loved me!
There is nothing more I need to be whole — if I will only believe it, absorb it, and live from it!
There is nothing more I need to become a force for love in the world.
Jesus demonstrates this powerful love in our Gospel reading.
It has been a long day of teaching, and the disciples see that the crowds are hungry and tired. They know the solution, which Jesus has apparently overlooked : let them go home and get something to eat!
But Jesus very simply responds, “Feed them yourselves!”
He invites his disciples to realize the power released within them by God’s supernatural love. He challenges them to envision a way to respond to their challenges other than the tired, limited solutions we anxiously depend on.
Jesus calls them to imagine the world as God imagines it – transformed by an Unconditional Love which refuses the measurements of fear, control, and self- preservation.
Can you just visualize the scene that afternoon as the five loaves and two fish miraculously multiplied over the crowd of five thousand!
Can you see the expressions on the disciples’ faces as they allowed themselves to believe that, because of God’s Love, they were the vehicle of miracles!
We are too! There is no good we are incapable of if we will just believe in the power of Divine Love within us. Our miracles may not be as dramatic as the multiplication of the loaves. But they will be no less important.
They will be the miracles God planned for us to work in God’s name – for our circumstances, our challenges. They will be the way we carry God’s unimaginable grace to the tired hungers of our times.
Picture yourself starting out today, carrying that basket with just two fish and five loaves into the famished world. Imagine what happens when you open your heart to God grasping the basket with you!
Music: Imagine – John Lennon – I love this song in which Lennon imagines a world free of all the human constructs by which we limit it – a world as God might see it.