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Doctrines & Morals

God is love

1 Jn 4:7-10, Mk 6:34-44. In today's first reading, we are reminded of the reason why God chose to reveal Himself to us, because “God is love.” It is precisely through His love for us that God reveals Himself to us. The kind of love that He sent His only-begotten Son into the world to save us from our sins. This startling act certainly opens the door for our personal encounter of who God is and what He means in our lives. God’s plan, His goal, is to reveal Himself to all mankind. Our Responsorial Psalm reminds us of that promise that “every nation” on earth will adore Him. His judgements will result in peace and justice for all. Therefore, we have an obligation as a part of God’s plan to take that good news to those He has placed in our lives. Today’s Gospel acclamation clearly reinforces that obligation, that we must use our personal commitment to serve God.

The intriguing story we find in today’s Gospel also provides a detailed example of how God often reveals Himself through daily events of life. After a long day of teaching, Jesus sought to get away with His disciples to a quiet place. However, a large crowd was able to discover where Jesus had gone and, hungry for more of His teaching, crowded to hear Him. As it was late in the day, Jesus knew that they would soon need food. This attention to details resulted in a miracle of feeding over five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. We see in this act, how God truly cared for His people, feeding them and caring for them in their hour of need, while at the same time cared for them spiritually through His teachings and words calling on them to turn away from their sins and find their path towards God and His grace and love, as shown through Christ. Hence, let us be grateful and appreciative of these love which we have received from God. Let us be thankful that the Lord has shown His compassion and kindness to us despite having been irresponsible, stubborn and hard-hearted.

May the Lord help us to see His love as revealed to us each day and empower us to embrace His love as we give ourselves, wholly and completely to God! Amen!! Keep safe and have a clement day!!!

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