Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"He fills the hungry with good things..."

Missio Dei's reflections for this evening brought me to praise...

Call to Praise
After a time of reflective silence, proclaim:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Psalm 107:1-9
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.

Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.

They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.

He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for humankind,

for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.

John 6:1-14
Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “It would take almost a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Meditate upon this, the fourth of Jesus’ miracles in the Gospel of John. Reflect upon how this miracle reveals his glory.
Simeon’s Song
Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.

Closing Prayer
Father, provide for the hungry in our neighborhood—both those with empty hearts and those with empty stomachs. We offer to you everything we have—though we have few resources—for your purposes. Multiply our humble offerings to serve the people of the neighborhood.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

3 comments: said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

Sandra Ramos said...

Thanks for sharing this, Becca... it is so beautiful, true, and comforting. I can't help the Haitians with my hands and body, but I can lift them up to our father, the ALMIGHTY, who can provide for their needs better than I ever could, no matter how much medical or spiritual knowledge I could have.
thank you for sharing!!

Becca said...

Anita has a blog! Happy day! Thanks for your comment; it's so good to hear from you!

Sandra, I was thinking about suffering when I read this, too... and I nearly cried with relief at the reminder that God IS indeed good... and the proofs, emphasized by hardship, evoked involuntary worship and adoration from my heart.