THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
HEALING AND FEEDING
Today’s gospel: Matthew 15:29-37
In the world there are a lot of physically-challenged people
-- “the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and
many others” (Mt 15:30b). Tragic as the situation of
such people is, what is even more tragic is the situation
of those who are spiritually-challenged. The lame are those
who do not vigorously walk the straight path of Christ, the
blind are those who do not see the truths of faith, the deformed
are those who live in sin and so no longer reflect the wonderful
image of God, the mute are those who do not speak God’s
word nor proclaim God’s salvation.
can heal them? Only Jesus can. If they BE.LI.EV.E!
We who are Jesus’ disciples have a vital part to play.
People might not know the source of their healing. We need
to bring them to Jesus. “They placed them at his feet,
and he cured them.” (Mt 15:30c). Jesus knows the hunger
of people, and his heart is moved with pity at their situation
How can we become Jesus’ co-workers in bringing healing
and salvation to others?
ourselves need to have faith. We do see the magnitude of the
task, and given our resources, know how impossible the task
is. “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted
place to satisfy such a crowd?” (Mt 15:33). This actually
is part of God’s design. He does not want us to depend
on our own resources, but only to trust in Him. Further, He
is setting us up to see that faith works wonders.
only need to offer ourselves and whatever little we have.
We offer our seven loaves and a few fish (Mt 15:34b). Here
we see that everyone can participate in this glorious work.
Everyone has something to offer, whether it be the poor widow
with her two coins, or us with all our shortcomings and weaknesses.
just need to allow Jesus to take hold of us and to use us.
“Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks,
broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn
gave them to the crowds.” (Mt 15:36). What we give to
Jesus he in turn gives back to us, to be given to everyone
else. We are given the great privilege of being Jesus’
instruments in bringing fullness and satisfaction to others.
“They all ate and were satisfied.” (Mt 15:37a).
if that was not amazing enough, there is even a miraculous
overflow of abundance. “They picked up the fragments
left over--seven baskets full.” (Mt 15:37b). From the
mountain the disciples would go back into the world, bringing
even more loaves and fishes to be distributed to people.
Let us do our share in the work of the New Evangelization,
knowing that God calls us, will use us, and will provide whatever
we need. We are God’s co-workers.
the whole world see that faith works wonders,
and let our work always give glory to God. “The crowds
were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed
made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and
they glorified the God of Israel.” (Mt 15:31).