Meditation: Sunday Week 17 in Ordinary Time, Cycle B. July 29, 2012.
Jesus gives his life for us to be generous and asks for help to feed others.
“Jesus, look up and see who came to him a great crowd, said to Philip, Where shall we buy bread that these may eat? He said to try, because he knew what he was doing. Philip replied, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for everyone to eat a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said: Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two fishes: but what are they among so many? Jesus said, Make the people sit. In that place there was much grass. They sat, then, men in number about five thousand Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated, and also gave them the fish as they wanted. When they were filled, he said to his disciples: Gather up the fragments that are left that nothing be lost. Then picked up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. “(John 6, 5-13)
The Gospel tells us that many go with Jesus, like camping, the mountains by the lake, and go hungry and “Philip said: – What we buy bread that these may eat?”
There is a crisis, thousands of hungry, Jesus did not want to talk on an empty stomach … and can not be fed with the air of heaven … “(he said it to sound him out because he knew what was going to do). Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for each one would touch a piece. ” But they are already accustomed to working with Jesus, to improvise, and “one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said: ‘Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two fish, but do what is that among so many? “There’s always someone who causes a miracle, a generous person, who does not hide his own. Jesus, I think a miracle ingredient in this is the generosity of the young, thanks to him you did the multiplication of loaves and fishes: and they sat and ate. And left over .
I would like to enter this atmosphere of generosity … An ancient Chinese legend, a disciple asked the Master: “What is the difference between heaven and hell?”. The Master replied: “It’s very small, but it has big consequences. Come, I will show you a picture of what the hell.” They entered a room where a group of people sat around a large bowl of rice, everyone was hungry and desperate, everyone had taken a spoon straight from the tip, reaching to the pot. But each spoon had a handle so long that they could not take it to the mouth. The despair and suffering were terrible. “Come, said the Master after a while, now I will show you a picture of what heaven is.” They entered another room, also with a rice cooker, another group of people, the same long spoons … but, there, everyone was happy and fed.
“Why are so happy here, as are miserable in the other room, if everything is the same?” And told her companion: “Look, like spoons with very long handle, can not put food on their own mouth, so that their mouths of others. In one of the rooms are all desperate in their selfishness, and the other has learned to help each other. “
Over time I have seen the depth of history, for we have a “device” to be happy for ourselves (our “sticks” are too long) and many wrong ways of finding happiness leaves us dissatisfied (pleasure, dominance, etc..), we can say that the physical or property of wealth is not the deepest layer of happiness, but above it is the emotional and spiritual, which is where we find deep happiness: there intelligence and love their freedom shows that we have some means to fulfill, that is to make others happy, with the ability to do good. Through good deeds, we become good, and “bounce” we are happy, giving love we receive, as something that “there is more blessed to give than to receive” that St. John of the Cross explains: “Put love where no love and you will draw love. ” If I, I get. Life is like the echo of the mountain, I get what I give, or get better but, I have what I wanted “more blessed to give than to receive”, says the Gospel.
2. The book of Kings tells us that Elisha told his servant to the people pass out the bread they had brought for them to eat. “The servant said unto him – What do I do with this for a hundred people?” Elisha insisted: – “Give the people to eat. For thus says the Lord: “They shall eat and have some left.” The servant of the people served, ate and left over, as he said the Lord. ” Elisha had felt that God was asking him to continue with the power of Elijah, and here we see the “handover” by
picking up the mantle of his master, takes over, and the multiplication of the loaves, his “power to miracles “, like the Gospel today. For the miracle can be met, there is a man who makes a gift of bread and freshly harvested grain offering to God. The Church needs our cooperation to help so many needs in the world first to the hungry. What we ask God to us? What we are biased?
The Psalm says: “You open Your hand, Lord, and satisfy every living favors. All your creatures praise you, Lord, bless your faithful … You give them food in due time. ” But how can we thank and bless God? Being generous. What is generosity?
Tagore has the story of a beggar going from door to door and saw one day appear in the distance of the road, approaching the chariot of a King … “And I wondered, wondered, who would be one King of kings. My hopes flew up to heaven, and I thought my bad days were over. The carriage stopped beside me. You looked at me and came down smiling. I felt the happiness of life I had come at last. And then you held out your your right hand telling me: Can you give me something? Ah, what an idea of your royalty! Asking a beggar! I was confused and did not know what to do. Then slowly I pulled my jacket a grain of wheat, and gave it to you. Grateful you kept in your hand and you retired … I saw you walk away … Who was that king of kings? But what surprise me when, at evening empty my bag on the floor, I found a grain of gold on the misery of the pile. What wept bitterly not having the heart to tell all! “
Some say, “I walk hot and people laugh,” just not on TV look when put that somewhere starving. But we know that the egoist is a lonely, bitter as Dudley, the spoiled cousin of Harry Potter. Generosity is to listen to the friend you want to open your heart, make amends immediately when we fought, you leave yourself, stop being “self-absorbed” (embedding itself) and go on to be ” self-absorbed “you turned to the others, find that the world has more than the” me-me-me-me, “there are others: they are called” persons “,” other “and leave self is to be happy, it suffices to think of others. Do not look in the mirror much, but to discover that the important thing in life is not what I like to me but to serve others in friendship, love.
“When you give without expecting there is a ray of sun,” the song says, “no light in your heart.” That which can not be bought in any mall, but that is the essence of life, what really lights up the world. Maybe apparently “useless”, but when there is nothing missing that works.
Generosity is to be comprehensive, smile and make life pleasant for others, even if we have a bad day or we find it unpleasant that person; ahead in small services. Never think more important than another person, but you never think less important than another. For someone who is generous no one above or below, all we serve. Is to accept others as they are, not as we’d like: it is not trying to change others, simply because they are different or do not like some things from them.
Generosity is to communicate the joy of faith, rather than words is by example how it is spread the faith, when it is lived: speaking well of all, listening intently, positive vision, and doing favors. How beautiful it is to hear a colleague who says, “Thanks, I passed the math for you,” “I play tennis because I have taught” … It is easy friendship who struggle to gain confidence, and come when we see who needs us.
Especially when we treat others see Jesus in them, listening to the Lord tells us “what do you do with these me.” The generosity and brings the best of the sacrifices, which is mercy, feeling that it goes wrong it could be me, and treat him as I would like to treat me. So we will as he says: ‘I slept and dreamed that life was joy. I woke up and saw that life was service. And I realized that serve the service was joy. ” This is the “food” of life spoken of in the psalm, generously given to all the living, the “daily bread” we ask the Father, and for that we force the “bread of life” mystery given to us in the Eucharist.
3. St. Paul tells the Ephesians to walk “as required by the vocation to which you were called. Be humble and gentle, be sympathetic, forbearing one another with love, strive to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one Spirit, as one is the goal of hope in the vocation to which you were called. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God, Father of all, who is over all and through all, and is everywhere. Blessed be for ever and ever. ” Not enough that we are children of God, we feed the sacraments, as with Asterix’s magic potion, for strength and behave well, constantly improve on things that cost us to be better …
Pou Llucià Sabaté