Sat, 24 Jul 21 Lectio Divina - Year B
1st reading: - 2 kings: - 4: 42 – 46
2nd reading: - Eph: - 4: 1 – 6
Gospel reading: - Jn: - 6: 1 – 15
The first reading and the gospel of today's liturgy make clear that God is concerned for his people. In the first reading, Elisha multiplies the bread for hundred people who were satisfied with their hunger. A prophet is the mouthpiece of the God on the messenger so Elisha acts as the Lord spoke to him he obeyed the word of God Verses: 44 "For the Lord says this, "They will eat and have some leftover." So too each and every creature is called to live the life worthy of our vocation in obedience to the will of God. The word asks us to unload our worries onto the Lord and trust in the providential care of the Lord. In the second reading, St. Paul urges us to put up with one another with love, patience, selflessness, gentleness. The gospel serves as a parallel to the first reading. Here is Jesus the new Elisha who feeds the people in the wilderness and we see the people acclaim that He is the prophet. Only more than a prophet. In this gospel passage, Jesus' miracle is the symbol of God's everlasting care by feeding His own body and blood marks the eternal relationship that God would establish for His creature that is every human soul. But there is a test for inheriting this eternal food. Test of temptation, hunger, doubt and faith in the existence of God and one who undergoes this wins the crown of salvation. Jesus sometimes deals with us not to work out Sums and provide him answers but rather to turn to Him in trust. He is the God of surprises. He makes what is difficult, easy and what is impossible, possible. The little boy with few loaves of bread and fish saves the situation little is always much when placed in the hands of Jesus Littleness is the characteristic of the way God provides. Let us give Jesus the little we have and the little we are..! "The eye of all creatures look to you and you give them food in due time," says the psalmist so the father knows the needs of His children that is why every tongue confesses and every knee bow at His holy name. Let us ask God the father of us all to open our eyes to see His hands at work in the splendor of creation, in the beauty of human life. Touched by your hand our world is holy. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters and to experience the joy of life in your presence.