REFLECTION CAPSULE – February 12, 2022: Saturday

“Moving out of the ‘zone of our limitations’ and trusting the Lord!”

(Based on 1 Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33-34 and Mk 8:1-10 – Saturday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II)

Two Christian friends were talking about their life experiences.

One of them said: “It is so very hard to trust God and to realize that His Hand is still leading us in the dark phases of our life!”

“Well”, said the other, “if you cannot trust a person out of sight, then he/she is not worth much!

And if you cannot trust God in the dark, it simply shows… you don’t trust Him at all!”

That’s quite a point, isn’t it?

We find our Christian Faith often on an easy course, when things go on well.

But when difficulties come our way, our “trust” level is questioned.

It is in these “questionable moments of trust” that we tend to enter into a “zone of limitation”

The Gospel presents to us the very familiar passage of the multiplication of loaves…
… the multiplication of seven loaves and a few small fish for about four thousand people, as recounted by St Mark.

A great crowd was with the Lord…
… and seeing the massive crowd, the Lord had compassion on them, and asked the disciples to give them something to eat…

“I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way – and some of them have come from a great distance.” (Mk 8:2-3)

These words reveal the tender and compassionate Heart of our Blessed Lord…
… His great care and concern for everyone
… His sensitivity to the needs and hunger of all

It’s this compassionate Heart of the Lord that also challenged the disciples to, in turn, become compassionate to the crowds.

But as is the case often in life… “Challenges are usually met with opposition, resistance… and even grumbling!”

The disciples began to question and put forth their difficulty to the Lord: “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” (Mk 8:4)

“How can we”… is a question that we often ask…
… in times of struggles and strains
… in moments of troubles and toils

It’s here that the Lord teaches us the beautiful and powerful lesson for every Christian: “If you cannot trust a person out of sight, then he/she is not worth much!”

With immense faith and authority… the Lord “ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and He took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks, He broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd.

They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed” (Mk 8:6-7)

Jesus is a picture of perfect calm and in total control of the situation!

And this IS Faith!
This IS Trust!

All of us are invited to have this faith and trust… in the Lord!

All of us are invited to have this dependence and reliance… on the Lord!

Jesus – our Compassionate Lord and the Epitome of Faith exhorts and challenges all of us:
Be a compassionate and merciful person, being sensitive to the needs of the other and translating your good thoughts into noble actions

Depend and Trust on the Lord at all times – even when the “bread and the fish” of life seem to be too minimal before the “crowd” of difficulties and challenges!

Yes, we will have moments in our life which makes us to complain: “It is so very hard to trust God and to realize that His Hand is still leading us in the dark phases of our life!”

But we are reminded by the Gospel of the Day:
“If you cannot trust a person out of sight, then he/she is not worth much!

And if you cannot trust God in the dark, it simply shows… you don’t trust Him at all!”

Let us dare to move out of the “zone of limitation” and trust the Lord…
… knowing He is always with us – caring, loving and providing…
… and thus sing with the Psalmist: “O Lord, You have been our refuge, from one generation to the next” (Ps 90:1)

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism

United with Christ by Baptism, believers already truly participate in the heavenly life of the risen Christ, but this life remains “hidden with Christ in God.”
The Father has already “raised us up with him, and made us sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Nourished with His Body in the Eucharist, we already belong to the Body of Christ. When we rise on the last day we “also will appear with Him in glory.”
In expectation of that day, the believer’s body and soul already participate in the dignity of belonging to Christ. This dignity entails the demand that he should treat with respect his own body, but also the body of every other person, especially the suffering:
The body [is meant] for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?

You are not your own… So glorify God in your body! (CCC # 1003-1004)

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