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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:18

Three things I know in these days

 

Kat Corona Blog

As I was watching faithful parishioners setting up chairs for an outdoor Mass on the last Sunday when we could do these things, it somehow made me think of the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand.  I looked it up later (Jn 6:1-13) and, reflecting on it, found it fit our context better than I'd thought.  "The time of the Jewish Passover was near" - or Easter, in our case - and people are hungry...  In particular, I was struck by three things:

  • Jesus “knew exactly what he was going to do” (Jn 6:6).  I felt encouraged by this reminder that God can always see a bigger picture than we can, and can bring good even out of the worst situations: He has a plan.
  • Despite the fact that they seemed to have neither money or food to meet the people’s hunger, Jesus managed not only feed five thousand people, but they “filled twelve large baskets with scraps left over” (Jn 6:13).  I felt encouraged by this reminder that in the face of not only shortages of such necessities as food and toilet paper, but people’s need to have their spiritual hunger met:  He will provide.
  • Jesus was able to do all of this with what was given by “a small boy with five barley loaves and two fish” (Jn 6:9).  That sheds some light for me on the significance of the seemingly small things that I can do: Our small efforts count.

So I don’t know what’s going to happen, or how long it will take, or what it will cost.  But I do know these three things: God has a plan; He will provide; and my small efforts count.  And with that, I can move forward in peace and confidence.  Praise Him!

Kat Stone