Monday 2nd August 2021


As little as we are

Read

They answered ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.’ ‘Bring them here to me’ he said. He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.

From MATTHEW 14:13-21

Reflect

St Terese of Liseux, who had a deep and intimate devotion to the infant Jesus, wrote in her diaries that all she wished to be was ‘a plaything for the Lord’, like a small ball that the child Jesus could play with at his pleasure and discard when he had finished.  She simply wanted to be at Jesus’ disposal, a small thing, a little thing, for him to use her for his beautiful purposes of loving and transforming the world.

In the gospel reading today, Jesus is in a lonely place.  There is little there, and his disciples think that there is little that can be done to feed the hungry hordes.  How often have we or others dismissed people or whole communities as having nothing to offer? Jesus, though, is not, is never, dismayed by the little we have.  After all, everything we have that is good comes from God, and so everything can and will be used for his purposes.

In the Eucharist, we offer such little things to God, we offer bread and wine, and he, in receiving them, transforms them and gives them to us as the gift of Christ’s Body and Blood.  This work continues as we become what we have received, Christ’s Body in the world.  God’s grace works in our lives, transforming us to be more beautifully the Body of Christ so that we in turn, as little as we are, can be a source of God’s transformation of the world.

Pray

God our Father, so often we overlook the small things of our lives and yet your grace works within us, surprising us, surpassing even our greatest expectations. Open our eyes and hearts to your transforming love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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