Our Lord, after teaching and healing and feeding the multitude, needed to commune with the Father. He sent His Disciples ahead of Him to the other side by boat. The Disciples were in a storm at sea and Jesus walked on the sea to join them. This was extraordinary and Jesus’ Disciples were in fear. Jesus explained that it was He. Peter, one of the Disciples, call out to Him, and asked to join Him on the sea. And Peter lost faith and started to sink.
Peter is so human! He tries to be good but he fails. He is such a normal human being and gives us normal people a powerful example of what to do when life overwhelms us. Peter give us a small prayer with great power: Lord, save me! Peter was grasped by Jesus and brought to safety.
This time we are in, the Pandemic of 2020, can get overwhelming at times. We, like Peter, may start to sink, but we have a Savior that is mighty to save! Jesus walks above all the tempests in life and will lift us to safety! Our power is found in prayer: Lord, save me! And He will!
We, the Community of Our Lady of Mount Caritas, are with you in prayer!
Jesus wants to feed all of us! In our Gospel reading we see Jesus feeding the 5,000. He is concerned if people go home, they would be too weak and may collapse during their journey from lack of nutrition. His love is practical and He expects those who are His disciples to be practical too.
In this scene we see that the Disciples were at a loss about feeding the multitude. They realized that their resources were insufficient for the task. They were depending on their own abilities and they knew they would fail. However, Jesus asked them to give what they have and to trust in Him. We know the result of this trust.
We are Jesus’ disciples today! He asks us to give Him what we have and He will do the rest. Total Trust in Jesus.
Our Ministry at Our Lady of Mount Caritas is based on Total Trust in Jesus. We know that if it is His Holy Will, He will provide for our needs to do the Ministry of feeding the poor and praying for all of your intentions.
Jesus give us, through the literary form of the parable, a teaching that, if used, will transform our lives. One parable, that of the Pearl of Great Price, is a wonderful example of this teaching.
In the world we have many distractions that can take our focus away from that which truly matters. It can distract us from love. Especially in this extraordinary year of 2020, we may get caught up in things that can take us away from the Lord Jesus. In losing focus, we will lose the peace that the Lord has for us. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price reminds us to concentrate on The Lord Jesus and His Word and put His Word into practice in everything we do and everyone we deal with. In doing so, though life gets rough, with the Spirit of the Father and Jesus, we can handle all things. We may even prosper!
Jesus is the Pearl that, if we hold on to it, we will find and remain in peace, even though our world may be in chaos.
God understands our world better than we can. God’s understanding is perfect! The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat helps us to understand the presence of evil in our world and why God allows it. The Mercy of the Almighty is perfect and in this Mercy everyone has an opportunity to become the Wheat of God. God is patient and kind and became on of us to reveal the road to be wheat.
It is possible for us to be weed (evil) at one point of our lives, and wheat (good) another point. It is also normal to vacílate between the good and evil at the same time.
Evil has destroyed so much in our world, but God loves the one who does evil; God love is all consuming. If we choose to change our ways from evil and surrender to God, then God can make us good. It is our choice and the Divine Desire!
When our time on this side of eternity has come to an end, may God finds us to be God’s Wheat.
You are in remembered at the Altar and in our prayers!
We have experienced and continue to experience a world that is so different from what we are accustomed to. Our emotions may vary radically from one moment to another. But Jesus has the means that we can use to be sane and survive and perhaps prosper during the upheaval caused by by COVID-19 and the senseless murders of persons by public servants; the Love Principle.
The Love Principle is a decision not to join the hate that comes from terrible situations. It is an individual decision to be kind and build up people and make a better world by what one chooses to do in response to terrible situations. Examples we see all around us: people volunteering in food pantries, individuals making sure that the most vulnerable have their needs met, or simply wearing a mask to stop the spread of the Virus.
Choose to Love as Jesus loves, this can be dangerous, Jesus died for it but the choice brings inner peace.
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the Will of God, than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:17
This season of the Pandemic of 2020 is truly a time of suffering. But as with all time, we have a choice to make. The choice comes to doing good are evil. The suffering will happen regardless of whatever choices we make in our relationship to ourselves or others. However, the result of our decisions makes a world of difference. If we choose to be kind and loving in our suffering, we will remain in peace. We can make the World a better place in this time of travail. Kindness and love are always the weapons of peace.
The Eternal one will never leave or forsake us. May we never leave or forsake the Eternal one by choosing not to be kind and loving!
The Community of Our Lady of Mount Caritas are with you in prayer.