July 25 - One Bread, One Body
July 25, Seventeenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle B Readings:
1) 2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18
2) Ephesians 4:1-6
"How can I set this before a hundred men?” — 2 Kings 4:43
Many times, what we have to offer seems so inadequate. We may only have a couple free hours a week. So how can we renew the Church? We may be confined to home. Our main contact with people is by phone. Under these circumstances, how can we make disciples of all nations? (Mt 28:19) We have five dollars to give, but the church needs $100,000 to shelter the homeless. What good is five dollars?
We often find ourselves in the same situation as Jesus when He found Himself with five loaves, two fish, and fifteen to twenty thousand people to feed (Jn 6:9). Perhaps we don’t need food multiplied as much as time, energy, and money multiplied. We need Jesus’ multiplication miracle daily to change our inadequacy into His sufficiency. Jesus works this miracle daily in the Mass. Because of this, the early Church called the Mass “breaking of the bread” (see Acts 2:42). When Jesus breaks bread, our little lives are multiplied to transform the world.
Prayer: Jesus, I give You all of my little life. Multiply it.
Promise: “Make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force.” —Eph 4:3
Praise: “Indeed, God calls even the body to resurrection, and promises it everlasting life” (St. Justin Martyr, Second Century). Praise You, risen Jesus, for inspiring our greatest saints!
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