Although I am definitely not one who has spent a time with the sport to call myself an actual fisherman, I have at times tried my hand at several different types of fishing. From fly fishing to lake fishing to deep sea fishing, I have had to cast out into the depths enough to know that fishing is part skill and part luck. Although I have eaten that which I caught before, for the most part fishing has just been something to do when by the water. For many, however, it is a way of life or even a necessity if they are going to eat. It is difficult to imagine counting on my skills as a fisherman to provide myself with food. And yet, there are those who do rely on it as a way to provide for themselves and their families, either directly or by fishing to ensure that there is a menu choice for us that will keep the doctors off our backs for eating too much red meat.
This week we begin a several week reading of the Bread of Life discourse from the Gospel of Johnís sixth chapter. This week we begin with the account of the feeding of the multitudes. With five loaves and the two fish that most of us would be lucky to catch, Jesus feeds a multitude. Many are moved to see Jesus as something more than just a healer or prophet, but as the one who had been promised.
The miracle-working, food-producing, need-meeting Jesus we meet in this gospel story is the same Jesus that we believe in. This is the Lord we pray to and the One to whom we entrust our lives. This ancient Gospel story is not irrelevant to our lives; it is also part of our story, here, today. Jesus can also provide for us. He has the power, and the desire, to give us all that we need and even more. He wants to feed us, too, with a satisfied and abundant life, a life of lasting fulfillment.
May you never know the desperation of hoping that dinner will bite your line, but may you instead be filled with faith that trusts God will provide because you know He has never failed to provide what you needed.
Message from Father Jason
July 26, 2015