“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat... They all ate and were satisfied.” - Matthew 15:29-37
In the office of a good friend, there is a frame with the quote “Grace upon grace.” The quote reinforces God’s endless abundance and how He has given us the grace to carry out what He has called us to do. He calls us to share our gifts with others, especially to those who are less fortunate than us. We are able to be compassionate because God recognizes our needs and always takes care of them but there are times when we are constantly asking of God for more but He has already given us so much. It’s up to us to actively acknowledge and give gratitude for His gifts and grace upon grace we have already received.
Those who came to see Jesus at the mountain were hopeful they may be cured of their ailments but not only were they cured, Jesus was able to provide a surplus of food to feed everyone there despite being in a remote place. In this season of waiting, we must maintain a spirit of hope to spread to everyone around us and also strengthen our faith in God that He will always provide more than enough.
Lord, may we humbly take every opportunity to be a reflection of your life-giving and endless love for all those who come into our life and to praise you through gratitude for taking care of all our needs.
Are we conscious of and grateful for all that God has provided to us? In what other ways can we be more giving of ourselves?
reflected by Greg Lontok