08th Jan 2019: Generosity of God

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Tuesday after Epiphany

Reading 1: 1 Jn 4:7-10; Gospel: Mk 6:34-44

            Today I would like to reflect with you on the generosity of God. The feeding of the five thousand speaks of the generosity and the kindness of God. When God gives us something He gives the best and in abundance. During the Exodus event God had compassion and fed the people of Israel with manna and meat and they had in abundance (Ex: 16: 13-15).Likewise when Jesus sees the people, he had compassion and he fed them: first with the living word (spiritual food) and then with bread and fish (physical food). He gives them in abundance that is the reason he tells the disciples to collect the remaining without wasting it. Through this event the Lord and master teaches us two thinks:

  1. God gives us abundantly and more than what we need so that we can share with the others who are in need. But we must ask a question and reflect whether we are generous with others in sharing the extra we have.
  2. Today so much of materials and resources being wasted in one way or the other. The Lord tells the disciples to collect the remaining and not to waste anything. Let us ask ourselves are we responsible in any way for the wastage of resources and material that can be useful for the poor and needy.

Let this be our prayer today: Jesus, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. Fill me with gratitude for your blessings. Give me a generous heart that I may freely share what you have given to me with those who are in need.

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