Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time
August 7, 2017
The Counsel of God guides us to providence, Protection and Salvation.
“My people heard not my voice,
and Israel obeyed me not;
So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
they walked according to their own counsels.”
Today’s readings talk about the own understanding of our hearts. Today 90% percent of people have this problem of self-opinion. The Israelites had this kind of problem of own understanding of the hearts. God has given us a definite blue print to follow the Word of God. The World offers us one more blue print of Worldly possession and Worldly success. Israelites were fed with the food of Obedience God’s Word Manna but people wanted to eat food which is contrary to God’s Word which they craved from their Worldly and fleshly desires.
We see some Parents or people spending their whole life upbringing their children. We see some individuals giving their life for the love of God or love of others. These very people have understood the truth of God’s Word in their life and follow it daily. The daily Bread consist of human and divine food from heaven. The people who do not believe in divine food from above lose the significance of love in their heart. Their understanding comes from their own confidence, self-determination and self-centeredness and rules set on Worldly rules and regulations. There is no love in obligations but there is love in obedience.
This is the reason we struggle, gather, be successful but not happy or peaceful. We are wearied and sick and run to seek the love of God in many places. In the Gospel, we see the People were in search of Jesus in deserted place. These very people had great Scribes in Israel, a great Temple of their ancestors in Israel, lots of good food and doctors in Israel but these very people come in search of Jesus in a deserted place where there is no livelihood or residencies or hospitals. What made these people to seek Jesus here? The Words of Jesus gave them counsel and guidance to their heart. The Words of Jesus healed them. The Words of Jesus delivered them from Worldly desires and brought them to true understanding of God’s truth. Jesus Words changed their own understanding of hearts in obedience to God’s Words. Jesus feels upon the Sheep of his flock who were stubborn of heart in their own understanding and gives them the bread from heaven and earthly food by making a miracle by blessing five breads and two fish and feeding five thousand people with the excess of left over. The package of obedience to God’s Word comes with take one and get one free. When we are obedient or seek to do the Will of God, God feeds us not only with peace and love but also with the food we require in our daily life. He has done in the old testament by feeding the Israelites with Manna in all odd or famine kind of situation. He has fed us in the New Testament through Jesus in today’s Gospel. He is taking care hundreds of thousands of people who follow him today’s World. This is a mystery which people who work and teach others as their own understanding or hardened hearts cannot understand like those Israelites in the desert who always wanted more of the Worldly food and desires of their evil heart did not understand. This quest of heart is unending and land in despair and disaster unless they realise and count the blessings from their humble and obedient heart. These kinds of people always work for success, gather, and achievement in Worldly desires or Worldly way of love. Human hearts only can rest in the Words and love of God and all the rest is filth or rubbish.