August 7, 2017 – Monday in the 18th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Cajetan (October 1, 1480 – August 7, 1547

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Numbers 11:4b – 15 – Psalm 81 – Matthew 14:13-21

“God will provide!” All of us have a tendency to enjoy being disgruntled about the way things turn out. The Israelites don’t like the Manna that God has provided for them. They would rather prefer the “flesh-pots of Egypt’s slavery. When God provides for us do we have the right to complain that we don’t like what has been done for us? When gifts are given they must be received. “Gift” is the key word here. On the Hillside Jesus multiplies 5 loves and 2 fish and not only feeds 15,000 (5,000 men, 5,000 women and 5,000 children minimum) But there is enough left over to fill 12 wicker baskets! All these people had followed Jesus eager for His words of wisdom (is not this the carpenters’ son?) & for healing & release from a type of slavery. They threw all” caution to the wind” in getting out to the hillside only thinking of being with Jesus not about what they were to eat. We, however, want to know the whole story and want to see the 5-year plan before we take off on a whim. Can we get ourselves to that place where we can know & trust God to provide and not complain that we don’t like the taste of the food that He has given? We Dominicans of the Western Province should have this day as our “Feast Day” since the “motto of our Province is: “God will provide!” a very simple verse but one that all of us need to meditate on and take to heart. All of us might benefit if we made these three words part of our “morning offering” prayers as we begin another day of trying to follow the Lord as best we can. We all need to be reminded that it’s not by might or our own cleverness that we are able to follow the Lord, but, rather, by the gift of His grace which He pours out to us all the time. Today’s “Alleluia Verse” should be our theme song: “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God!” Amen!

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