God’s Loving Call
In the first reading today Isaiah says: “All you who are thirsty, come to the water. You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat. Come without paying and without cost.” Wow! Those are incredible words from the prophet, speaking on behalf of God. God calls us to come. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Each week we have an opportunity to “come” and receive Jesus in the “breaking of the bread” or Eucharistic meal. Although the way this is done right now with COVID-19 is different than usual, this nourishment is essential to our well-being. Our spiritual side thirsts for the eternal God and hungers for the nourishment He brings. Our God invites us to come as we are, with or without money, clean or unclean, simply come and partake in His nourishment. It is love that calls – and as St. Paul says in the second reading today, “nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.”
The Gospel miracle of the multiplication of the loaves is a further reminder that God wants to feed and sustain us. Our sustenance is God’s very self, as we come to the table of plenty and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. What a gift, what a God! Peace and blessings to you all.
P.S. I want to thank all those who assisted with the reopening of our Church. Although we are shut-down again, we are ready when able to reopen. I also want to thank those who are assisting with the drive-through confessions and drive-through communions. Although different, that safety is assured and that sacraments are available is a great blessing. It was wonderful to see so many drive-throughs on Sunday to receive Holy Communion.