Sunday, July 25, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, our readings assure us that God cares about our hungry spirits and will satisfy them.
Both the prophet Elisha and Jesus respond to the needs of the hungry crowds by the power of their faith. In each story, there is only a small amount of food to meet the overwhelming need of the people. But those small amounts, given selflessly and gratefully, renew themselves until all are satisfied.
Our spiritual hungers are deep, and much harder to fill than our physical ones. Sometimes, we don’t even know what we are longing for. Thus we may end up filling our emptiness with distractions and junk.
Today’s readings encourage us to turn our soul’s needs toward God. St. Augustine said this:
You have made us for yourself, O Lord,
and our hearts are restless (hungry)
until they rest in You.
Notice that in Jesus’s miracle of the loaves and fishes, there is one key action before the multiplication occurs.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
Let’s sift through both the large and the small sustenances of our life for the things that we are grateful for. When we lift these up in thanksgiving, glimpsing the loving face of God, other graces will begin unexpectedly to multiply around and within us.
Music: O, My Soul Hungered – Corbin Allred