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Nervous, Worried, Anxious - Our Need is God's Opportunity
 
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Nervous, Worried, Anxious - Our Need is God's Opportunity - Gospel of Saint John 6: 1-15
Nervous, worried, anxious - Our need is God's Opportunity
Nervous, worried, anxious - Our need is God's Opportunity
Nervous, worried, anxious - Our need is God's Opportunity
 
 
 

 
 

Miracle of the Bread and Fish by Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647); 1620-23; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland;
commons.wikimedia.org
 
 

Gospel according to Saint John 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?
He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.
One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Him,
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?
Jesus said, Have the people recline. Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, He said to His disciples,
Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted. So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign He had done, they said, This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry Him off and make Him King, He withdrew again to the mountain alone.


Seventeenth Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint John 6:1-15; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; July 29, 2018



There is a spiritual saying or slogan, if you would, "Our need" - "Our need is God's opportunity."

And yet I think most of us are trained to fulfill our needs ourselves. We are trained to figure it out. We're trained to come up with creative solutions to problems. We're trained to be independent, self-determined. We're trained to meet any problem and to solve it. And so, from a very small age in school what do they do, in order to teach us? They give us problems to solve, don't they? And that's where it all starts.

Now this in and of itself is not a bad thing because God, in His generous wisdom, gave us intelligence; that's one of the hallmarks of being a human being - intelligence. And so, we are supposed to use our intelligence to live a reasonable life; that's the purpose of our intelligence. But, we are not supposed to use our intelligence to try to dominate every problem, to solve every riddle, and to come up with the answers to everything; that's not the purpose of our God-given intelligence, because as you know, our intelligence, as beautiful and wonderful as it is - is limited. And there are certain things that we just can't handle.

Our need is God's opportunity.

In today's Holy Gospel the needy crowd approaches Jesus and He sees them; and in order to find out exactly, I suppose, how His Apostles are doing, He gives Philip a little test, and asks, "Philip, how are we going to feed all these people?" and Philip says, "Oh, I don't know. If we had all this money we could only buy a little for everybody." And then Jesus, listening, also hears Andrew say, "Well there is a boy here who has five barley loaves and some fish. But what good is that?" He can't figure it out.

The first direction Jesus gives to prepare the people for the miracle is to have them recline. Recline. Relax. Let go. Stop trying to force a solution.

And once the people recline, relax, let go, stop trying to force a solution, including the disciples, Jesus can begin to work the miracle for them.

I think this very famous episode in the Gospel of John, today, challenges us; and at the same time, helps us to realize that we can't solve everything.

We can't have the answer to every question. We don't know the solution to every problem that's just beyond us.

And the Gospel challenges us to look at what we are worried about. What are we worried about today?

Is there something that's making us worried? Is there something that's making us nervous? Is there something that's making us anxious? Because those symptoms: nervous, worried, anxious ... usually indicate that we are trying to do something that belongs to God.

We have crossed the Divine Line. And, we are trying to do something that only God can do for us.

And that's what gives birth to the nervousness, the worry and the anxiety.

Once we follow the directions of our Divine Lord in today's Gospel, and we recline, in other words we relax; we let go of the problem, God will step in and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

God will relieve us of trying to force a solution to a problem that is beyond us.

And God will give us exactly what we need.

God will work the miracle for us.

But it is our job to take a spiritual step back - to let go - to relax, and to allow God to step in, take over and do the perfect Divine Work according to the perfect Divine Plan, which only God knows.

And so, that's our challenge on a daily basis.

Yes, there are some things we can figure out. Yes there are some problems that we can solve. Yes there are some answers that we do have.

But there are also many others that we don't. And if we want to know where God needs an invitation into our hearts, all we have to do is ask ourselves the question: What am I worried about today? What am I nervous about today? What am I anxious about today?

And, to look at that whatever that is and gently let it go - and - allow God to come in and do the perfect job for us.

This is a comfort. This is a blessing. This ... is our faith!


 

Gospel according to Saint John 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?
He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.
One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Him,
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?
Jesus said, Have the people recline. Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, He said to His disciples,
Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted. So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign He had done, they said, This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry Him off and make Him King, He withdrew again to the mountain alone.


Seventeenth Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint John 6:1-15; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; July 29, 2018



There is a spiritual saying or slogan, if you would, "Our need" - "Our need is God's opportunity."

And yet I think most of us are trained to fulfill our needs ourselves. We are trained to figure it out. We're trained to come up with creative solutions to problems. We're trained to be independent, self-determined. We're trained to meet any problem and to solve it. And so, from a very small age in school what do they do, in order to teach us? They give us problems to solve, don't they? And that's where it all starts.

Now this in and of itself is not a bad thing because God, in His generous wisdom, gave us intelligence; that's one of the hallmarks of being a human being - intelligence. And so, we are supposed to use our intelligence to live a reasonable life; that's the purpose of our intelligence. But, we are not supposed to use our intelligence to try to dominate every problem, to solve every riddle, and to come up with the answers to everything; that's not the purpose of our God-given intelligence, because as you know, our intelligence, as beautiful and wonderful as it is - is limited. And there are certain things that we just can't handle.

Our need is God's opportunity.

In today's Holy Gospel the needy crowd approaches Jesus and He sees them; and in order to find out exactly, I suppose, how His Apostles are doing, He gives Philip a little test, and asks, "Philip, how are we going to feed all these people?" and Philip says, "Oh, I don't know. If we had all this money we could only buy a little for everybody." And then Jesus, listening, also hears Andrew say, "Well there is a boy here who has five barley loaves and some fish. But what good is that?" He can't figure it out.

The first direction Jesus gives to prepare the people for the miracle is to have them recline. Recline. Relax. Let go. Stop trying to force a solution.

And once the people recline, relax, let go, stop trying to force a solution, including the disciples, Jesus can begin to work the miracle for them.

I think this very famous episode in the Gospel of John, today, challenges us; and at the same time, helps us to realize that we can't solve everything.

We can't have the answer to every question. We don't know the solution to every problem that's just beyond us.

And the Gospel challenges us to look at what we are worried about. What are we worried about today?

Is there something that's making us worried? Is there something that's making us nervous? Is there something that's making us anxious? Because those symptoms: nervous, worried, anxious ... usually indicate that we are trying to do something that belongs to God.

We have crossed the Divine Line. And, we are trying to do something that only God can do for us.

And that's what gives birth to the nervousness, the worry and the anxiety.

Once we follow the directions of our Divine Lord in today's Gospel, and we recline, in other words we relax; we let go of the problem, God will step in and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

God will relieve us of trying to force a solution to a problem that is beyond us.

And God will give us exactly what we need.

God will work the miracle for us.

But it is our job to take a spiritual step back - to let go - to relax, and to allow God to step in, take over and do the perfect Divine Work according to the perfect Divine Plan, which only God knows.

And so, that's our challenge on a daily basis.

Yes, there are some things we can figure out. Yes there are some problems that we can solve. Yes there are some answers that we do have.

But there are also many others that we don't. And if we want to know where God needs an invitation into our hearts, all we have to do is ask ourselves the question: What am I worried about today? What am I nervous about today? What am I anxious about today?

And, to look at that whatever that is and gently let it go - and - allow God to come in and do the perfect job for us.

This is a comfort. This is a blessing. This ... is our faith!


 
 
 

 
 

The Miracle of the Multiplication of Bread and Fish by Henri van Waterschoot (+1748);
commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
 
 
July 29, 2018 - Nervous, worried, anxious - Our need is God's Opportunity - Gospel according to Saint John 6:1-15 and Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap.


 
 

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I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
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the Father Almighty.
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the living and the dead.
 
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The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
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The resurrection of the body,
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Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
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My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

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and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

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R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

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O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

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Padre Nuestro,
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Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
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Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
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SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

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llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
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Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
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CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
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DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
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Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.