Inspirational, Reflection

FOOD FOR OUR BODY & SOUL

FOOD FOR OUR BODY AND SOUL

LUKE 9:11-17

Food for our Body & Soul

Jesus feeding the five thousand men is another miracle He did to show us what He could do.

The feeding of the five thousand was Jesus visible nature of compassion to the needy.

But God is not only concern about the food that we can eat physically but something greater, a food that will sustain us spiritually.

A food that brings life eternally.

The Physical Food

Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body.

Normally of plant or animal origin which contains essential nutrients which provide us energy, maintain life and stimulate growth.

All living creatures cannot survive without feeding on food as this is one of the basic necessities of man aside from clothing and shelter.

The Need for Food

Men understanding to survive, work so hard to always put food on the table, till the land, plant the seed, cultivate and harvest.

For so many, we need to strive and earn a living in order to have food at least three times a day.

This is the cause of worries of most of us, where we will get our food to eat.

This makes more anxious so Jesus in Mt 6:25 said “ For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat and what you will drink; nor for your body as what to put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing.

God knows that we need food when we are hungry.

In our gospel today, Jesus was so compassionate that even when He was so tired and need rest, yet His attention and concern were for the people who were also tired and hungry.

He asked His disciples to give them something to eat.

Provisions in a Desolate Situation

The disciple approached Jesus to send the crowd away that they may go to find food and lodging as they are in a desolate place.

They were in the wild; in an isolated place where there were no sources to buy food nearby.

Is it not that in the time that we are in our desolate situation, God always provides for our needs.

If the birds eat their meals in time, how much more that we have a Heavenly Father.

Our heavenly Father knows what we need (Mt 6:32)

Remember how God feeds Prophet Elijah by sending daily his sustenance.

1 King 17:6 The raven brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening….

As God can send His provision in a desolate situation, the same God will send your blessings way ahead of DHL.

The Manna in the Desert

The Israelite were in their desolate situation and for forty long years, God’s provision never failed.

His blessings are always new and fresh every morning.

Never so focus on your desolate situation that you cannot see God’s provision.

The manna and meat were daily given to them.

Food for the Soul

God’s provision in the desert sustains the physical need of the Israelite.

But God wants us to understand that man shall not live by bread alone but also by the Word that comes from the mouth of God.

There is something more and greater than what we could receive aside from the food of our physical body.

We become what we eat. You eat more sweets and food rich in carbohydrates, you become diabetic. You intake food rich in bad cholesterol, you tend to be likely become hypertensive and increases your chance to have a heart problem.

The more we intake food for our soul gives life, the more we listen to the Word of God, the more we become Christ-like.

The problem we have today is that many people tend to eat and eat as they want.

We treat ourselves in a fine restaurant and buffet of unlimited food then we wonder why we become big.

We cannot just look healthy from the outside but malnourished in the inside.

We deprive our soul with the food it needs to become healthy spiritually.

The Real Manna from Heaven

In John 6:51 “ I am the living bread that came down out of heaven, if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.

Jesus clearly said that He is the bread of Life, he who will come to Him will not be hungry and he who believes in Him will never be thirsty.

The manna that God given the Israelite in the Old Testament was a bread that sustains their existence in the desert. The bread for physical.

This manna in the New Testament became real when a true manna from heaven came down to give eternal life. The bread that brings eternal.

In John 6:32 Truly, truly I say to you, It was not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.

The Bread of Life in the Holy Eucharist

The blessed body of Christ becomes real in the Holy Eucharist.

When we partake in the breaking of the bread, His real presence becomes alive as He is with us.

In John 6:27 “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God has set the seal.

For many, this is difficult to believe but he said that He said that he who believes has eternal life. John 6:47-48

In John 6:53 “I am telling you the truth: If you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man & drink His blood, you will have no life in yourselves“.

For my flesh is the real food and my blood is the real drink.

This teaching may cause us to depart from our faith and that was many have done because they cannot accept this teaching, but blessed are those who believe.

This teaching was not accepted by some of his followers and they departed away from Jesus. So Jesus asked His disciples if they will do the same but Peter courageously said: “Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the Word that gives eternal life”.

May your soul be satisfied,

Mikesendon

Inspirational, Reflection

REFUSE TO BE WITHER-BE CONNECTED

REFUSE TO BE WHITHER- BE CONNECTED

Mark 3:1-6

 

Withered hand-be connected

We can see in the gospel a man whom his hand was paralyzed, he cannot move it because it was withered.

Here was a man who were already tired of being a withered.

To be withered means to be dry and the man’s hand had dried up.

He cannot move his hands because his hand does not respond anymore to what his mind is commanding it to do.

A withered hand is to be understood the member of the body was deprived of its life and consequent use, for want of a free circulation of vital powers.

And because of this, his hand is slowly drying and dying.

 

OUR HAND SPIRITUALLY

The withered hand of man physically indicates the condition of the people inside the synagogue spiritually.

They were inside the synagogue yet they were not connected to God because they were conspiring with each other and wanted to destroy Jesus.

What happened to man hand physically could be implied to us spiritually

A withered hand is to be understood a faculty or power of the human mind, deprived also of its life and energy for want of a free circulation of vital principles.

In Jn 15:6 says that a branch not connected to the vine dries up and thrown away into the fire.

When a branch is not connected to the tree, there are no nutrients that flow through the branch that will sustain it to live and bear fruits. Eventually, the branch dries up and die down.

And when we are not connected to God, is it not that we are still young yet we look to be in the fifties already. Why, because we are already dried up.

We are so burdened by our trials and problems.

Our physical body manifest what is inside of us spiritually.

 

Jesus heals a deformed hand

Is our hand also drying?

The Lord heals the hand of a man with a deformed hand on Sabbath day.

Do we have a normal hand that we don’t need healing from the Lord?

We may be having normal hands but believe me, in one or another, we need healing when we realize that we have our own hand abnormalities.

 

Spiritual Hands

Our hand might be normal. But what I want to focus not on its physical aspects.

Our hands’ gesture will speak out our unspoken words.

It could reveal our inner thoughts. Others could take a glimpse of our personality.

We might not be speaking, but the signs of our hands speak something that is inside of us.

It could reveal who really we are.

Our hands may show our spirituality.

The question to us right now is, yes we have a normal hand but does our inner being is really normal?

 

Recognizing our Abnormalities

Do we have that hand problem?

Sometimes we are sick but we ignore our sickness that we just simply ignore them.

We live normally until such time it is too late to find a cure.

We have to understand the symptoms.

We are asked to visit our doctors regularly every six months or a year for a general check.

Let us examine ourselves how we do well by checking if we have any hand deformities.

 

Hands of Isolation

With hands open raised toward the others, we may say “Stop! I don’t need you so close”.

Off limits. Keep distance. Keep out.  “Leave me alone”.

A hand of isolation is a gesture where we don’t want to entertain others. A gesture that signals you want to be alone.

We don’t welcome others for a new relationship after a heart break. The pain is so much to bear that we close our doors for others. You don’t want to open up again.

You don’t want to listen. You don’t want to speak. You don’t want to see anybody. You don’t want to trust for now after somebody betrays your trust.

You want to shut up your window from the world and you feel pity for yourself.

Hand of isolation creates a wall to open up a new door for others who want to enter our life.

 

Hands of Selfishness

Sometimes we have this, when we pray, we only pray for ourselves or the people among our circles.

These are the hands who always ask but don’t’ know how to give.

A hands gesture that is so possessive and self-centered. A lot of marriage fails because the partner is so possessive that the others can’t breathe anymore. They don’t trust their partners and even others too.

Selfish hands are close hands. It opens only when it wanted to receive but closes immediately afterward.

I have learned that to catch a monkey in India, they have to prepare bait. A whole coconut fruit slightly opened with the bait or food inside.

The monkey will smell the bait and he will put his hand inside the coconut fruit. The hunter will come when he knows the hand of monkey is inside. With its hand closed, holding the bait inside, he will not open it. That is why; it will run with its hand inside the coconut. The monkey cannot run far so the hunter catches them easily.

 

Hands of Judgment & Condemnation

These are the hand that always pointing out to others.

“It is not my mistakes. It is his mistake”.

Remember the two people praying inside the temple? The publican was at the back knocking his chest and he could not even look up asking forgiveness for he was a sinner. And the Pharisees thanking God because he is better than the publicans.

How many times we judge others the way we look at them? Considering ourselves more oh highly regards in terms of our stature, that we have a better work, that we are more educated, that we have more influence that we are wealthier and others are less fortunate.

These are those who look into the color of other’s skin and regard highly of himself better than his neighbors.

When we point our finger at someone, remember three of our fingers are pointing at us and the thumb pointed upward.

 

Hands of Punishment & Pain

Hands gesture that causes pain physically. The victims usually are the battered wife, maltreated maids and servants, abused children, tortured detainees and prisoners….

These are the hand that always inflict pain and hurt others not only physically but also emotionally.

Hurt emotions are difficult to heal rather than the wound inflicted by physical means.

These are people who hurt others by their careless words and actions. They don’t care if they hurt other feelings or not. People who are not sensitive to the feeling of others.

These are individuals who don’t know how to appreciate the effort and the importance of others.

 

Hands of Rejection

Hand gesture with thumbs down.

These are people who are difficult to please.

These are people who don’t appreciate and value the works of others. No matter what good you’ve done, for them, it’s rejected.

These are people who put down the morale of others. They take away the hope from a person, who aspires to succeed.

These might be a group of people which exclude themselves from the rest. If you are not a part of it, you are not welcome.

These are people who don’t accept suggestions and listen from others advice considering that they know everything and that his ideas are better than others.

 

Hands of Failure and hopelessness

This is hands gesture with two hands open palm facing up with both shoulders raised up accompanied by a frustrated face.

These are people who accepted failure as their destiny.

For them, failures are walls too high for them to climb. It’s too high that they could not see any hope beyond those walls.

 

The need for healing

Remember what Jesus told to the Pharisee? “If you say that you see then you are blind, but if you tell that you’re blind then you don’t see.

If we tell that everything is normal and we don’t need healing, the more we need our healer.

Accept that we are weak and frail.

Recognize that we have the tendencies to different hand abnormalities and we need healing for our deformed hands.

God knows that we need healing both physically and spiritually.

He desires to heal and deliver us from these abnormalities if we wanted to.

God desires that we possess hands:

  • hands of belongingness rather than hands of isolation
  • hands of generosity rather than hands of selfishness
  • hands of compassion rather than hands of judgment and condemnation
  • hands of forgiveness and mercy rather than hands of punishment and pain
  • hands of approval rather than hands of rejection
  • hands of triumph rather than hands of failure and hopelessness
  • hands of total surrender rather than hands of defeat
  • hands of prayer rather than hands of a loser

 

We are in good hands

We are in good hands with God.

Into the hands of a loving Father to a prodigal son.

Into the generous hands who multiply the fish and bread to feed thousands.

It’s the hands of forgiveness like Mary Magdalene on the brink of stoning to death because of adultery.

It’s the hands of compassion to sinners like Zaccheus.

Into the healing hands that open the eyes of Barthemeus and the many men who were lamed, blinds possessed deaf, mute, lepers and sicked.

Into the hands that give life who raised Lazarus from the dead.

It’s the hands of hope like the criminal Dimas who seized the heaven on his last moment.

Hands nailed on the cross open wide with arms stretch forth full of love.

Hands so open welcoming each one of us without any doubt of rejection. Without any fear of punishment. Hands full of mercy and compassion.

Into His loving hands alone we can commend our life.

Now tell me, to which hands you will entrust your life?

 

May you find peace as you entrust your life into His loving hands,

Mike Sendon