The images and Gospel stories of the loaves and fishes are so familiar we might almost overlook them.
In the readings from Sunday, August 3rd, we hear the invitation, “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat . . .” (Isaiah 55). From Romans Chapter 8 we hear that nothing can separate us from the love of God! The Responsorial Psalm reminds us that “The Lord is gracious and merciful” and will “satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145).
So, it should be no surprise that the Gospel portrays Jesus seeking to provide for the needs of the people who had sought him out. The feeding of the crowds with the loaves and fishes is often highlighted as one of the miracles of Jesus. At the heart of the account is the love of God for God’s people and God’s desire to provide for God’s people.
Come receive, receive food and drink, love and mercy!
In this month of August for the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, and perhaps for you, it is an in-between time. It is still summer but preparations are beginning to be made or are fully underway now for the coming months.
The Redeemer Ministry Corps Volunteers completed their year of service and community and returned home the week of July 27th. Now we prepare for and await the coming of the four new volunteers who will arrive during the last week of August so we can say “Come, receive all the gifts this year has to offer.”
Next week Vacation Bible School will take place so for the past couple of weeks, culminating in a flurry of activity yesterday, preparations have been made so we can welcome children of all ages to a week of wonder, learning, praise, and fun. “Come, and get to know this amazing God!”
Sisters have departed for their annual retreats or vacations responding the the invitation, “Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life. I will renew with you the everlasting covenant . . .” (Isaiah 55).
Sisters gathered to share plans for renovating one of the convents to accommodate more Sisters. We hear God say, “Come and do not worry – I will provide for your needs!”
Renovations to the Sisters’ Chapel nears completion and we look forward to responding to the invitation to “Come and worship” in this space once again.
The loaves and fishes remind us of God’s invitation and provision: “I am the bread of life, says the Lord; whoever comes to me will not hunger and whoever believes in me will not thirst.”
As this new week begins, perhaps you can take time to hear these words of scripture anew, hear God speak them to you. What does God want to share with you as you respond to the invitation “Come”?