God has loved us first!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

I John 4:7-10

Mark 6:34 -44


If you feel like you are nothing, you are in the right place. If you feel like you do not have enough and are overwhelmed, you are in the right place. The only question is, are we willing to allow God’s grace to move us to open our hearts to God?


The whole message today hangs on the understanding given to us today in our first reading when the writer says, “It is not that we have loved God but that he has loved us first.” If we can come to understand this, we will have done well.


In our Gospel, Jesus has been teaching, preaching, and healing the people, and it is getting late, and the disciples say, “Tell them to go home or the neighboring towns to get food.” Jesus responds, “You feed them?” Jesus is trying to move them to see that the people are their responsibility. In the mission field, it is our responsibility to do something but we are not to take control. We are God’s stewards and we are to keep our eyes on the one who is in control.


Jesus asks, “How many loaves do you have?” God doesn’t choose us because we are superhuman. God chooses us because he will give us what we need. We need to stop staring at the crowd and stare at our gifts and be willing to share what we have.


As we gather today, we need to believe that God loves us, and in our nothingness, God can use what we have and unite that with his grace. May the Eucharist we share bring us this peace!


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