(Part 16)




December 5, 2012

Today’s gospel: Matthew 15:29-37



In the world there are a lot of physically-challenged people — “the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others” (Mt 15:30b). Tragic as the situation of such people is, what is even more tragic is the situation of those who are spiritually-challenged. The lame are those who do not vigorously walk the straight path of Christ, the blind are those who do not see the truths of faith, the deformed are those who live in sin and so no longer reflect the wonderful image of God, the mute are those who do not speak God’s word nor proclaim God’s salvation.

Who can heal them? Only Jesus can. If they BE.LI.EV.E! We who are Jesus’ disciples have a vital part to play. People might not know the source of their healing. We need to bring them to Jesus. “They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.” (Mt 15:30c). Jesus knows the hunger of people, and his heart is moved with pity at their situation (Mt 15:32b).


How can we become Jesus’ co-workers in bringing healing and salvation to others?

We ourselves need to have faith. We do see the magnitude of the task, and given our resources, know how impossible the task is. “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” (Mt 15:33). This actually is part of God’s design. He does not want us to depend on our own resources, but only to trust in Him. Further, He is setting us up to see that faith works wonders.

We only need to offer ourselves and whatever little we have. We offer our seven loaves and a few fish (Mt 15:34b). Here we see that everyone can participate in this glorious work. Everyone has something to offer, whether it be the poor widow with her two coins, or us with all our shortcomings and weaknesses.

We just need to allow Jesus to take hold of us and to use us. “Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.” (Mt 15:36). What we give to Jesus he in turn gives back to us, to be given to everyone else. We are given the great privilege of being Jesus’ instruments in bringing fullness and satisfaction to others. “They all ate and were satisfied.” (Mt 15:37a).

Now if that was not amazing enough, there is even a miraculous overflow of abundance. “They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.” (Mt 15:37b). From the mountain the disciples would go back into the world, bringing even more loaves and fishes to be distributed to people.


Let us do our share in the work of the New Evangelization, knowing that God calls us, will use us, and will provide whatever we need. We are God’s co-workers.

Let the whole world see that faith works wonders, and let our work always give glory to God. “The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.” (Mt 15:31).


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