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What Would You Do?

Date: January 19, 2014 Speaker: Father Joe

What would you do if Christ came down to you and it was obviously him? And He asks you to do something? It doesn’t matter what it is, but He asks YOU to do something for Him. Most of us believe that we would do whatever He may ask. In fact I think most of us are certain that we would do it. Barring our own self-doubts in which we would question our sanity, when all is said and done I believe we would jump in and do whatever He may ask of us, meanwhile praying for the strength and faith to carry it out.

Now picture yourself at the feeding of the 5,000. Christ hands you a sack, puts five loaves and two fish into it, and tells you to go and feed all the people gathered. “I’ll be back in a couple hours,” He says. “It’s all yours.” And then He leaves!

I imagine that some of us would reach into the bag, break the bread and fish off into as many little pieces as we can, look up at the helpers gathered around us and say, “It’s not possible!”

It would be a great leap of faith indeed to let go of our need for control; to refuse to look into the bag; to reach into it; to break off a piece; and to give the piece to someone sitting and waiting. And move on to the next person, simply trusting that there will be enough for all the 5,000. After all, the Son of God has entrusted us with this!

Yet, this is exactly what Christ has done. Instead of saying, “I’ll be back in a couple of hours,” He simply said, “I’ll be back.” Instead of the 5,000 people gathered together all in one place at one and the same time, we are presented with the 5,000 almost one at a time: at the checkout coun- ter, in the parking lot, in the pew next to us, in the bedroom down the hall. Instead of the loaves and fish, we are asked to give of the fruits of our own prayer life.

Nothing has changed but the particulars.

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