Today the gospel is the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. The first reading asks the question of how harshly the Apostle should be treated. If their message is divine, man can’t defeat it. But what of today?
Today, the age of philosophy. An age of attitude and choice. An age of media, of the multiplication of opinion and ideology. The independent mind and the independent voice amplified. Ten thousand watts, one hundred thousand watts. One, two or three opinions broadcasted to a multitude. Harsh opinions, harsh judgment, conflict. Think of what the founding fathers wrote on a coin. In God We Trust. They knew. They knew who held the microphone, they knew who controlled the presses and the airwaves. They knew the Donald’s and the Hillary’s and the Turners and the Murdoch’s and the Sores of their day. Did they trust any of those people? He’ll No! In God they trusted, public opinion be damned. That is the multiplication of fishes, people agreed with them. They knew how a lousy message could be promoted, and how truth was so seldom spoken
That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
Lets draw attention to the distance, seven miles. No, its not the distance that is important but the number. Seven. Seven in biblespeak implies heavenly, that means something divine is about to occur. Next that town, Emmaus. From the local language it translates into warm spring, a spring of water. Refreshing and life sustaining. The fountain sought by so many. Some think that translation Emmaus is actually Oulammaus, tone place where Jacob wrestles with God. Its all good, God is encountered on that road to Emmaus. The Easter Christ appears to the disciples, again proof of the resurrection. This is their testament. Think of that woman at the well at Samaria, and what Jesus said “but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” On this road to Emmaus they encounter the risen LORD and receive this spring of water of everlasting life. Something to think about…
April 2 is the memorial of Saint Francis of Paola. He was born in Calabria region of southern Italy on 1416. He found a religious order known as the Hermits of St. Francis .The name was later changed to Order of Minims. Francis of Paola’s order is similar to the Orders of St Francis of Assisi except is that the Minims practiced a perpetual Lent. Lent was strict in the Middle Ages. Pasta con sarde is a food dish that is associated with these friars. One might notice the holy card of this saint featured on this blog. Here is the Collect:
O God, exaltation of the lowly, who raised Saint Francis of Paola to the glory of your Saints, grant, we pray, that by his merits and example we may happily attain the rewards promised to the humble. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever
Much of the Office of Readings for the past days has focused on Moses and the Book of Leviticus. In that book much of the rules of behavior are described, it is a book of laws. Those commands describe an ethics, and that ethical standard was different from the people that surround them. It is what distinguished and defined them. In an essence it describes who they were, it answered the fundamental question of “Who am I.” Interesting they received those commands from one named I AM. Who am I? I am a Christian.
I didn’t write for the second Sunday of Lent, the reading was the account of the Transfiguration. I have written about this before. My simple thought was that God reveals Himself to man, to everyone. We don’t always look or know what to do, but God does make His presence known. They are epiphanies. They are the Light that guides and gives strength when everything goes dark. They are the light that guides one through despair just as the Transfiguration was a Light to guide the Apostles through the Passion of Christ.