We have not seen the Father, but Jesus has… We believe in Him because of faith. And we who believe will have eternal life because of our faith. But it isn’t just because of the readings we share or the parables we hear – it is in every flower we see blooming, the amazement we feel when we see a bird fly into our trees that we may have never seen before; the wonder and awe of a life filled with his blessings! The blessings of children and grandchildren – watching people fall in love – a rushing brook or a beautiful sunny sky, even a dark cloudy sky with amazing blasts of lightning and booming thunder; these things support our faith because they are solely from God.
We are encouraged every day to appreciate God’s gifts, to feel his warmth and love in our lives, to live and share his compassion and mercy with others. Are we aware? Are we thankful? Are we Christ to others? Finally, do we appreciate the greatest gift – the Eucharist – in our lives? Jesus gives of himself to us – as he multiplies the loaves and fish, he performs a beautiful miracle of feeding the multitudes, something he does for us every time we receive Eucharist.
“This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Patty Masson is the Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, Texas.