|Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor|
We need to listen carefully to God’s word today.
We need to believe that this word is truth and bears fruit.
We need to notice the detail and clear proclamation that God gives to us what we need in super abundance.
In both the reading from 2 Kings and the Gospel of John, a large number of people are fed with a small amount to food. In both cases, doubt is expressed that such a small amount of food could satisfy the needs of so many people let alone have any left over.
But that is exactly what happens. All are satisfied. Food is left over – an abundance of food! God does what he says he would do!
The psalm response sums up what people of faith have consistently believed and experienced: “the hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”
The truth is, God always works at the deepest level of our existence – deep within our spirit. That is where God connects with us. That is where God works his miraculous wonders – deep within us. That is where we discover our strength, our courage, our hope, our faith, our abilities, our gifts. God does it for us there.
God "answers all our needs" there, in that place of spirit. If we don’t even believe in ourselves (in here), how can we really believe in God (our there)? If we don’t find God in the temple of our own spirit, how will we find him in the temple of stones or bricks out there?
It really isn’t a question of if, but rather a question of when, how and where.
And so with faith and hope and trust we proclaim: “the hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”
Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112, or email email@example.com.