Farmers and other parishioners would arrive at Holy Qurbana with their seeds or seedlings for blessings. It was a way to recognize the power God has over creation and to place the following year’s growing season into His hands. In addition, farmers sought God’s help through the intercession of St. Mary, mother of God on this fixed feast day celebrated on January 15th.
Jesus turned water into wine; he provided lunch for thousands; and in this passage, even after his glorious resurrection we see him caring for his own by providing them with what they need.
In the same warm, companionable way, Jesus is with us now, asking, “Do you love me?” How will you respond?
Whether it is an honest “no,” a “give me a bit more time,” or an unequivocal “yes,” today He wants to share his gifts of nourishment and life with us.
He wants us to care for others with nothing less than his own love.
As we conclude meditating on this Evengalion reading, let’s go out in the name of Jesus with a specific act or word of love.
Jesus Knows What Thomas Need: He Knows What We Need
We are sometimes scornful of Thomas, giving him the nickname “doubting Thomas”. But he is not unlike many of us. He needs the data. He needs the visuals. He needs to touch Jesus’ wounds in order for his faith to take root and grow. Jesus accepts that. He knows what we need.
What do we need from Jesus in order for our faith to bloom?
Tell Jesus. And wait, watch and wonder!
K’fiptho Sunday/ healing the crippled woman
The wounds of people’s infirmities rarely escape Jesus’ notice and he was always ready to offer a healing touch. The woman in the story was walking around the church bend over, to see how the world looks from her vantage point.
How does it feel to walk that way?
What are the burdens that weigh you down and bend you over?
Take a deep breath and stand up straight, offering your burdens to God.
Stretch out your hands in praise to God, who declares you have been “set free!”
Feel the tightness and pain, in your heart and on your body parts. Breathe in and breathe out slowly. Each time you exhale feel the pleasant soothing sensation you have in Lord Jesus Christ.
Slowly and deeply inhale and exhale. From what all things does God want to set you free today, to stand upright to work for him and praise his mercies?
Jesus was amazed by the faith of the Canaanite woman and her daughter was instantly healed.
The physical and practical nature of Jesus’ ministry is remarkable. Not only does he teach deep truths, but he also heals people who are sick or disabled and take time to feed a crowd of hungry people.
In what ways can we minister to people- caring for the “whole person”- as Jesus did?
To whom might we reach out today?