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Give til it hurts?

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What do you have?

Sometimes God is asking so much of us.  It might be like the widow who uses the last of her flour and oil to feed Elijah.  Or the widow who puts her last 2 cents in the collection basket.  It is really hard to put that much trust in God.  We need to trust that God will give us everything we need.  That happened for the widow Elijah met.  She had enough flour and oil to eat for a year!

Elijah and the Widow

Think about the Our Father the next time you say it.  Do you trust that you will have daily bread?  What can you donate that someone else really needs?

Based on Scriptures for Sunday, November 8, 2015

1 KGS 17:10-16

MK 12:38-44

The bucket

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My grace is sufficient for you and daily bread…
Sometimes I think that my bucket is almost too deep for God to fill with grace. Its not that he doesn’t want to give it to me but maybe I need too much!  How am I going to fill it?
Will God fill up the bucket no matter the size? Of course, He told me He would in Scripture (2Pt 1:3). I think that He tells me in so many other ways, too. My heart seems to know and understand that there is more to it then just the problem of the bucket.
I find it interesting that God would have a bucket list. Teresa Tomeo even wrote a book called God’s Bucket List.
 
Have you every thought about what God desires in his heart, not for Himself, but for you?  What are the things that will bring you happiness and peace?
So what about the bucket? What does your bucket look like? Is it a wooden pail reminiscent of the kind used for a deep well that you might find in the country. Or is it the bucket that is shiny and new, made of metal? Where did the bucket come from and who gave it to me anyway?
If God gave me the bucket wouldn’t it make sense then that He would also give me the desire to fill it up? If he promised that His grace would be sufficient, then He should fill it up! Are we born with a bucket the size the grand canyon? Some days, I am sure that it’s huge! And then I get impatient.  One more lesson in trust.  One more reminder to ask God for my daily bread.
God promised that He has just the right amount to fill all the needs in your bucket. Ask him to fill it up.
But don’t forget to ask him to help you carry it!  Is grace heavy?  I don’t think so.  Grace is a gift from God to make our burdens lighter.
beach_bucketIt’s the stuff I put in the bucket that is heavy.
What’s in your bucket?  What do you want to put in it?  What do you want to take out?
2 cor 12:9-10
Jesus, I trust in you!

Got life? Get the Bread of Life

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John 6 is as controversial today as it was when Jesus walked the Earth.  Did He mean it or didn’t He?  Was the bread really just a metaphor (Jn 6:51-58)?  In the verses that follow, Jesus assures us, as we grumble amongst ourselves, that He is quite serious.

Spoiler alert:  When Jesus asks the Twelve (Apostles) if they want to leave Him, too, Peter says, “To whom shall we go?” (Jn 6:60-69)  They stay.

 “Master, to whom shall we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

We have come to believe

and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

Faith can be tough.  You have a choice.  Should I stay or should I go?  Do I believe?  I believe Jesus was serious.  I would not give up the opportunity to receive the Bread of Life.  Where in this world will you find eternal life?  Or receive the gifts God wants to give you?

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Want life?

Jesus says he is the Bread of Life.

How can you get this bread?

Jesus is waiting for you at Mass in the Eucharist.

Real food and drink.

Be fed by the Word and the Eucharist.

Don’t forget that He gave us this bread, Himself, so that we could have eternal life!

What are you waiting for?

It’s all about the bread…

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What is so special about bread? Jesus is the Bread of Life and explains more in the Gospel this week. (John 6)  Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life.  Wouldn’t you be like, what?  He says it’s not like the manna they got in the dessert.  You can get bread anywhere (just pick a store).  Maybe you have a favorite kind.  You love the way it smells as it browns in the toaster.  You cover it with butter or jelly.  And it’s not only chewy but melts sweetly in your mouth.  Can you smell it?  Can you taste it?

Warm BreadJesus says that He is the Bread of Life.  Totally different.  Not like any other bread!  So will you miss it?  Are you too busy to go to Mass?  This is the Bread for the journey.  Make this a power week!  Fuel up!

Another take:

St. Paul tells us to be imitators of God and a fragrant aroma. (Eph 4)  Another metaphor.  Empty all your anger, shouting and bitterness.  Clean house.  Be kind, compassionate and forgiving.  How can you be a breath of fresh air this week?

How can you be like Jesus and bring life?

Got bread? This bread is priceless!

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In Exodus, the Lord rains down bread and then even sends quail.  God gives us our daily bread, just what we need and when we need it.  The Readings this week are all about bread and one of the “I Am” statements in John 6.  Do you know Jesus?

Jesus says, “What kind of signs to do you need?”  What will it take for you to believe?

Euch-EucharistSymbolsJesus says, “Remember how God gave you manna in the desert?”  How can you get this bread?  Jesus gives the answer when He says, “I Am the Bread of Life.”  He gives us Himself in the Eucharist now.  Stay tuned to find out what he means!  The next few weeks’ Sunday Readings explain more!

Maybe you have seen a few miracles in your life or in the life of someone around you.  Miracles come in all shapes and sizes.  Are you looking?  Are you helping God to perform a miracle in someone’s life today like the boy in last week’s readings?

Jesus says that you’ve seen the signs.  Now what?  St. Paul tells the Ephesians that you should change the way you live.  Put on your new self.  Your old way of thinking doesn’t work anymore.  Now that you have learned about Jesus, you know the truth.  This requires thinking like God thinks, doing the right thing and living in the truth.  So, what do you think?  Will it change how you live?  Got bread?  This bread is priceless.  Go to Mass.  Receive the Eucharist.  It will change your life.

Sunday Readings for August 2, 2015