Sunday 25 July 2021 – Daily Prayer

About today

2 Kings 4: 42-44. The hand of the Lord nourishes us; he answers all of our needs – Ps 144 (145): 10-11, 15-18. Ephesians 4: 1-6. John 6: 1-15.

You open our wishes

Today’s readings call us to wake up, open our eyes, and be aware of God’s generosity. Elisa did not give people strictly rationed portions: “they ate and had something to eat”.

Jesus looks at the crowd that has gathered to hear him and be healed. As a sign of the life that he brings, Jesus feeds them with the five loaves and two fish, feeds them abundantly. When we take part in the Eucharist, Jesus offers us the nourishment that is his body and blood. The Eucharist offers us the opportunity to draw life in abundance from him.

It is not easy for us to appreciate the richness and depth of God’s gifts. Far too often we are satisfied with our relaxed manner. We pray now and then and we don’t harm anyone. But that is not the life that Jesus came for. He calls us to an enthusiastic and ever-growing love for his father and for other people. How generous and hospitable am I to guests or people I meet every day? Do I show by my willingness to listen and speak that my heart is an expanding, Christ-filled heart? You give me so much, Lord. Open my heart so that I love you and the many people you put in my way.

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