February 15, 2022

“Do you still not understand?” This is the proverbial question that we hear God ask us when searching for our own ways or understanding of life. We seek answers, we ask for prayers and wishes to be granted, yet some answers to our questions and quandaries are not understandable.

We may feel we do not have enough or nothing at all. Yet, we are called to have open hearts and minds to see we have plenty of “bread” to share. Luckily, as we have been reflecting since last Saturday on Jesus’ miracle of the multiplication, we note that our God is always so generous and filling the gaps of our lack of understanding.

Jesus’ questioning of the disciples was asking them to focus not much on the number of people that he fed, but on the abundance that was left over after all were fed and satisfied. Each of the disciples had a basketful — more than enough for them to have something to share with others.

The letter to James also reminds us that we have plenty of good gifts from God above. We can be tempted to see the things we lack or do not want to perceive. We can and must see, for we are instructed by God again and again: you have all you’ll ever need. See what you have inside and around you. All is pure gift! And when we share these gifts, miracles always happen.

Think of seven blessings in your life. Share some of your gifts in your life today. Remember and believe that God continues to bless your basket abundantly.

Let Us Pray:

Lord God, you abundantly bless us with the richness of many gifts. Your comfort always gladdens my soul (Psalm 94:19). Teach us to be open to seeing your goodness and help us always serve the needs of others as we share our lives with them and grow in holiness and goodness, through Christ our Lord.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.