2nd Aug Year A
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
As we saw in the commentary, the story of the miraculous feeding has meaning on a number of different levels. This is not simply superior story-telling on Matthew’s part but is integral to the way faith operates in our lives. We are more than just what appears on the surface of our lives and the events of our lives are not just a series of different things jumbled against each other. Our lives are shot through with the mystery of God. Matthew must have spent some time pondering over the event of this miracle and, as he did so, he was able to recognise its richness by looking at it in different ways. We, too, need to ponder over the mystery of our lives to see the grace of God at work in even the simplest situations.
We may think, “Well, miracles don’t happen in my life. In fact my life is very ordinary, if not boring.” Yes, we can say that if we just look at the surface but if we look, with God’s love, at our lives we will see that they are deeply entwined with the lives of others and that we can be channels of grace to them.
For example, ponder how a family meal is so much more than just consuming food. It can be a recognition of the bonds we have as a family. Sharing from the same table reminds us that our life comes from a common source and that we draw life from the love of each other. As we eat things, which were once living and which will live again within us, we are reminded of the extraordinary interconnectedness of all creation.
Another example: your work. This is more than labour for money. What we do, even if it is hidden and appears insignificant, bonds us with other people. By our work we serve others, even if they are on the other side of the world and we never actually know them. By serving the lives of others, we become even more like God, who holds all creation in existence. From this point of view, God is the ultimate servant, caring for all. Our work can be a means of revealing God’s creative love.