Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday After Epiphany

I remember the day in second grade when I made the decision to become a teacher when I grew up.  And then I took a nosedive into uncharted waters when I decided to move on from eleven years of teaching.  Even though it was difficult to explain to my parents and friends that I did not have a career plan in place, I knew it was time to go.  Despite the fact that I did not have a map to help me navigate these new waters, God continues to give me just enough direction to get from one point to the next.

Today’s gospel tells us how Jesus fed five thousand men with five loaves and two fish.  His disciples ask, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?” (Mk 6:37)  There are times when we feel like we are presented with a seemingly impossible task, and we are left thinking that there is no rational solution.

But what God can provide us with is exactly what we need.  We ask Him to “Give us this day our daily bread.”  This line from the Lord’s Prayer helps us take into consideration how well God understands us.  He gifts us with what we need one day at a time because it is what we can handle without over-rationalizing the next steps.

God, please help me receive Your daily bread.  Help me trust in your dream for me.

Reflected by Nathalie Medina

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