3,2,1, a new semester begins on June 1.
This week has been more or less a time of rest and finishing up miscellaneous work. Many times when the going got tough, I felt like giving up but a stirring in my heart always told me to keep going, keep writing, keep fighting as I place myself in the trust of the Spirit to guide me. I had the courage to tell myself that even if it was just me, I would never stop writing about issues that are of concern to society, issues that concern the poor, rejected, outcasts (be it humans or animals), as there will always be someone looking out for you.
Today’s gospel gave me a reality check on the world, that they need to be healed and cured. But for that to happen, we need to be willing to open doors and have conversations with people in our midst who might be struggling inside. We will be the conversation starters and more importantly, the backing support as people need good listeners.
In the parable of the five loaves and two fish,“Jesus said to his disciples,”Give them some food yourselves.” They replied,”Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.”Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples,”Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.” They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets (Luke 9:11B-17).”
The multiplication of the five loaves and two fish point to the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ readily broken and shared with us. When we begin to doubt if Jesus is truly present in our lives, we must remember that he is ever present during the Eucharist. He provides us sustenance that will satisfy both our physical and spiritual hunger. Jesus has never held back in giving us his blessings and graces on a daily basis. Other than just receiving, he calls us like his disciples to serve others first before themselves. Are we willing to share with others freely first before addressing our needs?
Often I felt like I was always giving and helping others. How about me? Is there help available when I need it? The answer is Yes! because at the end of the parable, the 12 wicker baskets filled with leftovers represents one basket each for one disciple. This is a reminder to me that I am not forgotten as Jesus will make provisions for anyone.
Reverence during mass in approaching Jesus is important; to be in the presence of God in preparing ourselves for Holy Communion. We expect to receive the answers to our problems but Jesus gives us more which is the bread of life in restoring our lost strength and soul, to be rooted in his love to bring all that is good and just to the broken world. Jesus has sacrificed so much for us, so the least we can do is to sacrifice for him that one hour away from our gadgets to walk towards him to embrace him.
I am grateful this weekend to receive forgiveness and to be able to forgive. After understanding another person’s perspective and pain, I am moved to forgive. It is through unity that wounds can be healed and also the ability to give support. I was taught that it is pointless to bear grudges and I am reminded of mercy. “I am the living bread come down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
To end off this post, I would like to share this:
The Holy Alphabet
This is beautiful and my food for thought for the new school term, I agree that whoever came up with this one must have been filled with the Holy Spirit! Credits to the person who came up with this!
“A lthough things are not perfect,
B ecause of trial or pain,
Continue in thanksgiving
D on’t even think to blame.
E ven when the times are hard,
F ierce winds are bound to blow,
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know.
Imagine life without His love,
J oy would cease to be,
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts thee to see.
Move out of ‘ Camp Complaining ‘,
No weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone.
Quit worrying about the future,
R edeem the time at hand,
S tart every day with prayer
To ‘thank’ is God’s command.
U ntil we see Him coming,
V ictorious in the sky,
We’ll run the race with gratitude,
X alting God most high.
Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!
The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.
Love and peace be with you forever, Amen.”
God Bless! and may we look to the Holy Eucharist with thanksgiving and hope ; Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong