if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans

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Friday, April 04, 2008


Meditation
John 6:1-15

Readings

A proverb says, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” How presumptuous to think that we can control the future! As St. James wisely reminds us, “You have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. . . . You should say, ‘If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that’ ” (James 4:14-15).

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks Philip what to do in a challenging situation. Philip quickly estimates the size of the crowd and calculates the cost of feeding them. “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little bit,” he exclaims (John 6:7). Jesus listens respectfully, hoping the disciples will see clearly that their own resources are woefully inadequate.

Jesus doesn’t explain his long-range plan to his disciples. He does, however, make them part of the solution by giving them specific tasks to do: Have the people recline for a meal. Bring me the few loaves and fishes that you do have. After I’ve said the blessing, pass the food around. Then, gather up the leftovers. And so unfolded one of Jesus’ most memorable miracles as one generous boy’s lunch becomes a feast for thousands.

This is how the Master works with us. He invites us to see needs and problems from his perspective—not get overwhelmed or pretend they don’t exist. He encourages us to assess our resources, brainstorm suggestions, and propose a possible course of action. Then he invites us to use our faith-filled imaginations, to think big, to dream with him. Expectantly, we are to bring him our meager offerings, to join him in giving thanks to the Father for them, and to share whatever he gives us. We can be sure that it will be more than enough to fulfill his great plan.

Whenever you bring problems or needs to the Lord, have faith. The moment you say, “It may be impossible for me, but not for God,” you are opening the door to endless, divine possibilities. Believe! Trust! Who knows how the Lord will multiply the “bread” in your hands?

? “Father, how passionately you care about us! I bring you my hopes and dreams, my half-baked ideas, my meager talents and resources. Show me the next step as I work with you to feed your hungry people.”

Acts 5:34-42; Psalm 27:1,4,13-14

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