Today's Inspirational Snippet:

Good News Reflection
FOR NEXT SUNDAY: August 3, 2014
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday’s Readings:
Isaiah 55:1-3
Psalm 145:8-9, 15-18
Romans 8:35, 37-39
Matthew 14:13-21
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

These readings make me thirsty and hungry! Can we go out to dinner after Mass?

As we say in the responsorial Psalm, "The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs." Yet, despite knowing this, we think we never have enough. We're not content with what we have.

Even when things go well, we're not fully satisfied. We want more. Especially in relationships. We're starving for more affection, we crave more attention, our guts grumble over not getting enough concern and support and approval from those who should give it to us.

Every person in our lives has been called by God to be a provider of his love and concern for us. But no one loves us fully and perfectly, and some totally reject this calling. If because of this we live in a state of frustration and anger or cynicism or self-protective isolationism, we're always hungry.

When we choose instead to forgive the imperfect people and turn to Jesus, he miraculously multiplies a little into a lot. By keeping our eyes on Jesus rather than on those who fail to love us fully, his love for us fills our hearts to overflowing.

Feeling dissatisfied is a sign that Jesus is trying to get our attention; there's something he wants to give us that we're not yet open to receive. Our problem is: How is Jesus going to give us what we need if we can't see him and feel touched by him?

To feel satisfied by an invisible God, we have to stay closely connected to him in prayer and in the Christian community that he's given us. We have to pay attention to what he's doing and through whom he's chosen to do it. That means getting more involved and expecting the unexpected!

Questions for Personal Reflection:
What are you hungry for? Who's not giving you enough of what you need? How can you find other ways of receiving this, with the help of God?

Questions for Community Faith Sharing:
Describe a time when God met your needs in an unexpected way. Who did you expect to get it from, and how did it happen that you received it another way? Did you receive more – or less – than what you had wanted? Was it satisfying?