The Leftovers, the Fragments:
This week the Gospel is the story of the Lord multiplying the loaves and fish.
At the end of that Gospel it said, “They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over, twelve wicker baskets full.
After Jesus fed the crowd with the bread and fish, his disciples collected the left-over fragments: “twelve wicker baskets full.” St. Matthew is telling us that those “fragments” are not to be lost. They are part of the miracle!
We treat leftovers as secondary as almost “throw away” pieces of life. But the Lord is reminding his disciples that these “fragments” are also part of the miracle. Now, what about the fragments of our lives, the leftovers? We have all had our lives disrupted, broken up, fragmented in these past months. Plans cancelled and ordinary ways of life altered. The question is what have we done with the “fragments” which are the “leftovers” after all our changes. In other words have we overlooked some goodness in what we had to re arrange or change? Is there some benefit we missed in the breaking up of our routines? Have we discounted that even these fragments and left overs might contain the seeds of God’s miracles for us?
They would have to break the bread for all to eat and the miracle to be seen. Perhaps in our broken schedules and fragmented agendas we might uncover some blessings. Look among the “leftovers” and the “fragments” and see what might be hidden there.
Some Quick News:
--Thank you to all who continue your weekly donations to our parish. We are humbled by your kindness and rely especially now on your generosity. May God bless you!
--Hope to see many of you in two weeks,
Saturday August 15 from 1pm to 3pm
at our “Drive by” Ice Cream social. Don’t forget to respond to the email or call us if you are coming…we will have ice cream sandwiches and
more for you!