Sunday, July 26, 2009

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Kings 4: 42-44; Ephesians 4: 1-6; John 6: 1-15
What does it mean to be generous? Of all the explanations of the "Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes", the one that rings most true would likely be dismissed as not being a "real" miracle: that the people were moved to generosity by Jesus' actions and simply shared the food they already had. Perhaps the "miracle" is that Jesus trusted in them at all. One does not need to look far to see that mistrust and divisiveness are all around us in society and Church. We can probably infer from Paul's writing that it has always been this way. But that does not stop Jesus or Paul from calling us to a different lifestyle, one only possible if we truly believe that we are "one body and one Spirit", that there is "one God and Father of all". If this is true, how can I not look upon both my neighbor and my enemy as good and honorable people, deserving of my generosity, trust, and love? Think of the "miracles" such an attitude might spawn.