18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2020
Ps 145:8-9, 15-18
Romans 8:35, 37-39
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
Come, without paying and without cost,
drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread;
your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well,
you shall delight in rich fare.
Come to me heedfully,
listen, that you may have life.
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to David.
Food , Clothing and Shelter are the basic material needs for all Creatures. These Basic needs keep the Creatures safe, healthy and in dignity. This is the Natural Law of our planet. All the creatures spend their entire life to establish themselves in these three basic needs of their life. Humans were made in the image of the Creator and were given the ownership and authority over the Creation and Creatures but the Humans started imitating the Creatures and Creation and started living like them forgetting their authority and ownership and image. over millions of years the humans completely forgot their image and became like any other Creature. The Creator tried to remind them again and again their original image but they were so much involved with the Creatures , they completely forgot their image of the Creator. Finally the creator himself took the form of a Human and lived in the true image of the Creator and taught Humans the true image of them and the Creator. Jesus is the name of that Creator who came in to this World in Human form.
Holy spirit or love of God is the real image of God or Jesus. Human was created in the image of the Holy spirit or the love of God . Holy spirit lives in every human by default due to the Nature he has been created in this World. All things of this World have been created through the Holy-spirit and Human has been given the key to release the Spirit of God as Steward on this Earth. Holy-spirit or the love of God sustains the World through the power of love. If love do not exist in this World, the Planet will collapse in a fraction of second because the love binds the Earth with his power. Holy-spirit or love of God has put in every Human free, and the love of God has all the properties a human required in his life including the basic material needs like food , clothing and Shelter. If we see in the narrative story of Garden of Eden, Human was in abundant state of life with all needs of Body, mind and Spirit and all things were inbuilt in his life through Wisdom and Knowledge of the image of God. Hunan enjoyed the super abundance of the presence of Gods love in his daily life. This was the plan of God for Human being , to be an extended arm or a Child of God to carry on the mission of love on this Earth.
Today’s readings remind us that We are made of love and love has been given to us freely , why we must waste our life worrying and toiling for things of the Creatures and imitating them in the rat race of the materialistic World to acquire status, money and safety. The people of Israel considered John the Baptist as the messenger of the love of God, when they were disappointed by his death , they followed Jesus all the way to his lonely place to experience that love which they were seeking from John the Baptist. Looking at the thirst for the love of God , Jesus feels pity upon them and mixes the simple material food of loaves and fish with the Blessing of the love of God. Jewish blessing was a meal of thanksgiving for the love of God in their life. This Chemistry of Divine and Material mixing made a super abundant providence a miracle in that circumstance. Jesus wanted to tell people do not worry or work or waste your time for the food or for the World that will perish but work to live a life of love and love will provide you abundantly whatever you require at that circumstance.
Eucharist is the reflection of Gods love , a super abundant life what Jesus the Creator came in to this World to witness and teach us the meaning of the Holy-spirit or Gods love. The Word of God or the Gospel is that teaching to seek the love of God , whoever walks through this teaching of Jesus gets anointed or become a new Creation in Jesus Christ. The love of God or the Holy-spirit poured in a new Covenant to make every person who followed Jesus as first fruits of the Holy-spirit or sons and daughters of God. When we follow Jesus , the person gets transformed in to the love of God . This transformation is a sign that we are recreated in the image of God.
After the conversion, if we do not use the power and gifts of the Holy-spirit to build the kingdom of God but use them for our selfish material need and pride then we once again loose the image of the Holy-spirit and get in to the rat race of this world like Cat and Dogs fighting for food, shelter and dignity. We need to be renewed daily in the image of God ,and Eucharist is a remembrance of what Jesus did on the breaking of bread in a thanksgiving meal by saying a Blessing of Thanksgiving as his ultimate sacrifice of love of Salvation. Eucharist nourishes and fills us again in the image or Holy-spirit but we must live in that image of love for rest of the day/ week /Month/year/Life, otherwise our renewal has no meaning but it is like looking at our original image in an Album and feel great and inspired but fail to change our image in to our original image of love.
Prayer : Lord Jesus transform us and make us people of your image of Holy-spirit. Amen.