“Daring to know the Lord more and to help each other more!”
(Based on Isa 25:6-10 and Mt 15:29-37 – Wednesday of the 1st Week in Advent)
Picnics are a time of great fun and enjoyment.
They enrich relationships, nurture relaxation and foster a spirit of joy and peace.
Most of us have been part of picnics…
… either from schools/parishes / as a family / as a community / as a group of friends.
A picnic becomes an occasion to share… to care…
… and to also dare to know each other more.
The Gospel of the Day is a lovely occasion of a Picnic…
… A picnic with Jesus.
A picnic basically has some essential elements…
- A nice location
- Joyful interactions
- Good food
- A sense of satisfaction and contentment
Our picnic with Jesus in today’s Gospel passage has all these elements.
Come…let’s join Jesus…
… in this wonderful time of a picnic.
- nice location:
The mood of a picnic is very often regulated by the choice of the place we make.
It should be something exciting, something scenic and something to involve ourselves in.
The location that Jesus chooses for this picnic is a Mountain (Mt 15:29)
A mountain is certainly an exciting place…
… a scenic location and moves our hearts to get involved in its beauty.
The mountain was one of the favourite places of the Lord.
This high altitude place was where Jesus could strengthen His attitude towards His mission.
He would spend hours of the night in communion with His Father on the mountains.
And so, He invites us to join with Him on the mountains…
… To relax in His love and to experience the coolness of His presence.
… To raise our thoughts to higher levels and overcome the worldly concerns.
- Joyful interactions:
Great crowds came to Him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute and many others. They placed them at His feet and He cured them (Mt 15:30)
The picnic with Jesus, on the mountain, becomes an occasion of cure and restoration.
On the mountain, Jesus becomes a fountain of healing and the source of joy.
- Good food
Food is one of the best parts of a picnic.
And the Lord lavishes abundant food to all those who were there with Him on the mountain.
Then, He took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples, who in turn, gave them to the crowds (Mt 15:36)
It seemed to be a situation of starvation and hunger.
But the Lord converts this grim situation into an occasion of contentment and blessing.
His compassionate love overflows into a lavish multiplication of the loaves and the fish!
- A sense of satisfaction and contentment:
Every picnic ideally should end on a note of great fulfilment and bliss.
The picnic with Jesus on the mountain, where He healed a lot of people, spoke His Life-giving words and blessed them with abundant food, becomes moments of happiness.
“They all ate and were satisfied…” (Lk 15:37)
It had been a lovely time for the people in this picnic with the Lord.
They had the picnic…
… in a nice scenic location of the mountain
… with many joyful interactions with Jesus, who healed and cured many.
… with good food, in lavishness, provided by the Lord Himself.
… with a great sense of satisfaction and deep fulfilment.
Prophet Isaiah foretold: “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples, a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain, the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth!” (Is 25:6-8)
The Lord invites us to join with Him in a picnic with Him…
To go to the mountain of prayer and intimacy
To have joyful interactions with Him and receive His spiritual, emotional and physical healings.
To be blessed with the good food of His Holy Eucharist and His nourishing Word.
To have a great satisfaction in being filled with immense peace and serenity.
As we enter into December – the last month of the year – with gratitude and hope, let us enjoy the picnic with the Lord & make our lives a beautiful one…
… to share… to care
And to also dare to know the Lord more and to help each other more.
God Bless! Live Jesus!
📖 Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
MISSION – A REQUIREMENT OF THE CHURCH’S CATHOLICITY
By her very mission, “the Church…travels the same journey as all humanity and shares the same earthly lot with the world: she is to be a leaven and, as it were, the soul of human society in its renewal by Christ and transformation into the family of God.”
Missionary endeavour requires patience. It begins with the proclamation of the Gospel to peoples and groups who do not yet believe in Christ, continues with the establishment of Christian communities that are “a sign of God’s presence in the world,” and leads to the foundation of local churches.
It must involve a process of inculturation if the Gospel is to take flesh in each people’s culture.
There will be times of defeat. “With regard to individuals, groups, and peoples it is only by degrees that [the Church] touches and penetrates them and so receives them into a fullness which is Catholic. (CCC # 854)