#11. Have you tried to realize a mission of helping those in need together with a church community?
Have you tried to realize a mission of helping those in need together with a church community?
As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them,
because they were like sheep
without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
When it grew late, his disciples came to
him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that
they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.”
But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy
two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them,
“How many loaves have you? Go and see.”
When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups
of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves,
and gave them to his disciples to set before
the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled;
and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.
Today’s Reading comes from the Gospel according to St. Mark (Mark 6:34-43)
Dzisiejsze Słowo pochodzi z Księgi Rodzaju (Rdz 32, 25 - 29)
Contact with those in need makes us aware of our own shortcomings.
It happens that we painfully find out about how few resources and skills,
and that we lack even normal patience and goodness.
It happens that we are poor, that our poverty lies in the fact that we don’t know how to help.
Try to remind yourself of these sorts of experiences.
Jesus, before he multiplied the bread and fish,
told his disciples that what they have is definitely “too little”.
He took the “not very much” they had from them, and multiplied them miraculously.
With your own words offer to Jesus every “too little”
that you see in your family, parish or other community that you’re a part of.
During the Eucharist the Holy Spirit transforms the bread into the Body of Christ.
Something similar happens to us when we go to those in need.
The Holy Spirit really transforms us then into the Church – the Body of Christ,
which through us continues its mission in the world.
With your own words ask the Holy Spirit that He would show you your place in the Church.