Men's Prayer Group - Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:00pm
St. Vincent dePaul Meeting - Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 9:00am
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
Prayer Shawl - Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 9:30am
Prayer Shawl - Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 9:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Jail Ministry - Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:30am
Thirsty Thursday - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:30pm
The Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club, 860 Elm Street, Ludlow, KY
4:30 - 6:30; Thursday is also “Andrea’s Famous Rib Night” starting at 5:00 PM. Full menu also available anytime. NOTE: The Yacht Club does not accept credit cards.
Posted July 30, 2014
This has been an unusual summer, right? The weather seemed more fall-like than summer. At a time of year when most of us want to get away on vacation and leave our normal routine and the problems of the world for fun and relaxation, it seems that the problems have grown. Tragedy abounds in our neighborhoods, in our country, and around the world. At last count there were 37 wars currently happening. Innocent people have been caught in the crossfire of tensions between people who barely understand why they harbor malice against each other. Travelers shot out of the sky, aircraft crashes with eerie regularity, stray missals, bombings, street shootings, and scared parentless children, detained, deported—their future and their lives, uncertain. The sad part is, these things are not so unusual anymore. They are daily occurrences and the effect they have on us can quickly breed indifference. So much sorrow, so much heartbreak reach our ears and our eyes each day that we start to build walls to protect ourselves. We try to isolate ourselves from the complex and complicated issues plaguing humanity the world over. In essence we fabricate for ourselves, a deserted place.
Those early followers of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel were in a deserted place too. Jesus retreated to a deserted place after hearing the horrible news about John the Baptist’s death. But the people followed him there, to seek him out. They came from their own deserted places. Jews from many lands and tribes—once joined, now scattered. They were the poor, the forgotten, the beaten, the abused, the slaves, the learned, the businessman, the widow—and the children. They came to Jesus to be fed. The gospel account details the miracle of the fives loaves and two fish that fed the 5000 plus that day. For sure it was a foreshadowing of the Last Supper and the gift of the Eucharist, which nourishes us all. But it is also a metaphor for our daily lives.
We too seek Jesus from our deserted place. We ask him to make sense of the lunacy of the world. We are hungry for answers, guidance, and strength. We come to him to be fed with the spiritual food that knows no bounds. We come to him broken, wounded, humble, and aching with the pangs of hunger that only he can satisfy. “Feed them yourselves,” he told his disciples. Jesus is telling us that we have the necessary tools, equipment, and raw materials to satisfy the world’s ills. Then he shows us how: take what we have, offer praise to God, and share it among all the people. Now don’t attach a political “-ism” to that concept. That’s what starts the problems and segments God’s people. Jesus shows us that when we properly use God’s gifts, there will be enough for everyone—with much left over. And this story is not just about our physical needs, but more importantly, it is about our spiritual needs which should govern our entire lives.
Jesus feeds us with the words of truth, the words of everlasting life, and the words of God. When we come to him, we will be filled. What about the leftovers? The number twelve in Jewish numerology indicates a “perfect” number, as does three and seven. Twelve tribes, twelve Apostles, twelve gates to the Holy City, twelve baskets all indicate a perfect and everlasting item. So comforting is Jesus’ message, that no matter when or how often we come to him, no matter how much we fill ourselves on the feast of his words and his Body and Blood, there will always be an infinite amount left. Perhaps the real tragedy of this summer is if we do not make the journey from our deserted place, to Jesus.
Deacon Tim Crooker
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