Gen 14: 18-20 Melchizedek arrives out of nowhere and we do not here of him in person again. It is his name that is important for us to reflect upon: literally it means “King of Righteousness.” That Abraham tithes to him is to me an indication that our offerings to God, whether they be money, goods or actions, are to be considered offerings of righteousness. In other words, they are the demands of a holy life; without such we will fail to grow in holiness.
Father, teach me that I cannot outdo you in generosity and that the more of myself I give to you, the more I will receive form you in return and even more than that!
Ps 110: 1. 2. 3. 4
1 Cor 11: 23-26 Paul gives us one of the classical definitions of what we mean when we talk about the traditions of the Church. Not even the Church has the capacity to change those traditions that have been handed to us by the apostles. We are bound by these traditions until Christ comes again. It is our duty and privilege to apply them to our present situation and bring them to life in the various cultures in which we live, however, the core elements, the traditions of the Church cannot change in essence, only in expression.
Jesus, you have revealed to us all that we know about our Father in Heaven. Help me to be faithful to the knowledge and experience of his love and so live as your disciple every day.
Lk 9: 11-17 Is Jesus just showing off? I doubt it! Perhaps he just wants to see what his disciples will say when confronted with the situation of having to feed so many with so little? I doubt that too! I believe that Jesus is simply being true to his normal generous self – he wants to feed the people and so he will. His disciples response is in many ways irrelevant – it serves only to emphasize the ‘otherness’ of Jesus and that he is not constrained by the human limitations of the disciples.
Jesus, help me to never doubt that I have a friend in you for whom absolutely nothing is impossible!