THE THEOLOGY OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS
⏰Friday of the Second Week of Easter (13 April 2018)
📕Acts 5:34-42; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.4ac); John 6:1-15
How do you look at the miracle of the multiplication of loaves in John 6:1-15? Maybe you see Jesus as a magician who doubled each particle of the bread and so the multiple. Well, given the character of the gospel of John that allows for dual interpretation, that assertion could be true because Jesus, as God, could do anything he wants.
However, that miracle can otherwise be seen as the miracle of generosity instead of loaves. Do you not think that many people there were also carrying their lunch-pack like the lad (cf. John 6:9) but were keeping it to themselves until the boy gave up his?
Their fulfilment (John 6:13) could equally be as a result of seeing that their little contributions assisted in caring for others. Have you ever experienced the joy of giving in charity?
St. Theresa of Calcutta reminds us always that no one is too poor that he has nothing to give. You might not have material gift to give but you have the connection that can change another’s condition as Andrew did (cf. John 6:8-9). You can give your time or talent or treasure. The joy of doing that is so awesome. Try it and see.
The early Christians had to endure persecution and torture, and that becomes their contribution to the growth and firmness of the Church today (see Acts 5:34-42).
If you are ready, you can begin by spending some time to pray for our country Nigeria. If all of us can contribute a minute of our time to pray for her and her leaders instead of cursing and complaining, the miracle could be tremendous.
May God bless your day as you contribute to the progress of others and to our collective progress today and beyond, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Have a grace-filled and miraculous day. Peace be with you dear.