A HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME–CYCLE“B” – 7/26/15– SMG
+ Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day!
One of the things that you really have to hand it to God for, is our God knows how to do things in big ways. He really knows how to make a lasting impression. Our God is constantly going big. Whether it be a massive flood to completely destroy His unruly creation, or walking on water during a horrendous thunderstorm, or the healing of a blind man who had never seen anything with his eyes, our God really knows how to make a big impression.
I’ve seen it myself with my own eyes. I’ve told you the story before of Mother Teresa’s sister, who was looking for just a little bit of royal blue thread. We didn’t have any in the store room, and so I offered every other kind of blue thread that we had. The Sister turned them all down, and said that God would send her exactly what she needed. Fifteen minutes later, the doorbell rang, and God sent that Sister, not a little bit of royal blue thread, but a box of 500 spools of royal blue thread! Within fifteen minutes, God sent that Sister not only what she asked for, but 500 more than what she needed! God did that to show me how big He is. The Sister already knew. Our God is big! Our God is generous! Our God is constantly going beyond our meager expectations, to show us His power and authority!
In the Sacred Scriptures, there is possibly no better example of our God taking care of the multitudes, than in account of the feeding of the 5000. Everybody there on the side of that mountain that day, ate until they had their fill. There was enough fish and bread for everybody! And remember, the 5000 number doesn’t include women and children, of which there certainly were many there that day. In actuality, Jesus could have fed 10,000 people that day, and there were still leftovers! That’s my favorite part, you know? Everybody, nearly 10,000 people in all, all ate, and there were more leftovers left over than before Jesus and His Disciples started passing out the free meal. This is a BIG miracle. There were only a few fish and a few loaves to start out with, and Jesus fed everybody, and they still had food left over that would feed dozens more for the next several days!
My brothers and sisters, this Gospel text is prefiguring for us God’s gift of the Holy Eucharist. And with this story, God is answering the doubts of every soul who has ever wondered how can God be physically present in every little host, that the Catholic Church distributes every day. God is truly that big. This incredible gift that we are about to receive here in just few minutes, is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It is a living sacrament, not a dead one. And just as God did on that hillside two-thousand years ago, today in churches all over the world, that same God gives Himself to all of us, and He feeds us again spiritually and physically. He gives us all that we need and more. He gives us Himself.
The Eucharist is God’s BIG Gift to all of us. There is perhaps no better example of just how much our God loves and cares for each one of us, and how He continues to be a part of our lives even in 2015, than the Holy Eucharist. Whether we are at Mass on Sunday, or at Mass during the week, or praying in front the Eucharist in Eucharistic Adoration, or taking the Eucharist to a sick brother or sisters, we get a very real and very powerful example of just how big our God really is!
May we NOT miss out on what God is doing here! Wouldn’t it be a shame to miss out on God’s biggest and most generous act of love! This is way more than just free food. This is the strength that we need to keep persevering in the Christian life while we are in the world today! May we never take the Eucharist for granted. May we receive the Holy Eucharist at Mass as often as we can, and as devoutly as we can. And may we take every opportunity that we can get to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration. There really is enough grace to go around for everyone to have what they need. That Grace is NOT going to run out. It is not just reserved for a few people. But may all of us always avail ourselves to that grace! We have a BIG God. May we allow Him to show us just how BIG He really is!
+ May God bless us today and always, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… AMEN !!!
St. Maria Goretti… Pray for us !!!