Be Greatly Blessed!

In A.D. 29, with five loaves his disciples were reminded of the feeding of five-thousand, seven loaves, the four-thousand, and how many baskets of leftovers they took up (Mt. 16:9-10; Mk. 8:1-21). This shows that nothing is impossible with God. Gifts of feeding though, can take many forms.

Russian businessman and politician Roman Abramovich (b. 1966) says, “But charity is a very complicated thing. It’s important to find an area where you can really help and you can feel the results. Charity is not like feeding pigeons in the square. It is a process that requires professional management.” Unlike Jesus, the task of feeding thousands are great. In churches, there will have to be planning and organization to succeed in such an undertaking.

People do multiple chores to live effectively. Gisele Bündchen (b. 1980), Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer remarks, “I’m not a potato sack; I’ve never sat on my couch. If I’m home, I’m cleaning, feeding my dogs, doing stuff. Life is too precious to waste time.” Some feel they have to keep busy to accomplish their tasks.

There are corporations which promote themselves to consumers for accomplishing goals. Political activist and attorney Ralph Nader (b. 1934) warns, “For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.” Nader was rather skeptical about the promises these companies made to their clients. Some go overboard in selling benefits that aren’t exactly true.

It may be all about the environment in which we work. Some say we must select the right settings to meet our growing demands of consumption. Author of the new thought tradition, Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) said, “We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our mind is extracted.” Great expectations lead to wise choices. Alternatively, bad ones are counterproductive.

Yet, they are those who believe what we put into our work we get back in return. It is then necessary to plant the right seeds in the soil. Thomas Szasz (1920 – 2012), academic, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, recalled, “The proverb warns that ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you from feeding yourself.” Being concerned with self, it is necessary to think about the gifts of feeding others, especially the poor and destitute. This is a way blessings come.

Journalist, social activist and Catholic convert, Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980) wrote, “Together with the Works of Mercy, feeding, clothing and sheltering our brothers, we must indoctrinate.” Works of mercy must be the means to an end. Let people know Christ is the answer. By living abundantly for the love of Jesus Christ we all will be greatly blessed.

The Joys Of Peaceful Minds

Fruits of faithfulness grow with patience. To be blessed with such gifts, believers will find joy by seeking hope in the Gospels of Jesus Christ. In their lives they bear witness about the Christian faith, by communicating God’s teachings to others. These are the signs of sincere people in our society. Their seeds planted in hearts will sprout blossoms which bloom in the world.

Rick Pitino (b. 1952), basketball coach, declares, “Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts that arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focus and hungry to continue the journey of success.” Christians must resist being cocky, feeling they know it all, and seeing themselves as above it all. Instead, they should share their gifts and gratitude in building people up.

Liberty and Love

At times we’ll face trials. To be free and secured we have to learn to handle setbacks patiently. Reactions to the stresses of life are testimonies to our faith. Focus on Jesus Christ and note how he prevailed against the scribes and Pharisees of his day. He has to be our model for evangelism, in whom we must show our love, faithfulness, and perseverance. These attributes are necessary for us to live as men and women of hope.

Talib Kweli (b. 1975), hip hop recording artist from New York, writes, “I think once you’re in the public eye, whether you’re a boss, a teacher or whatever you do, that you’re automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up at you, so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question.” That’s why as Christians we ought to live by showing how much our daily walk with the Lord means.

Joy of Hearts

Helen Keller (1880 – 1968), author, political activist, and lecturer, pointed out, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Patience, faithfulness, and perseverance are attributes that are contagious. These gifts are often expressed in the simple courage and joyfulness of faith. To be exuberant, we must be like athletic pilgrims displaying peace and justice wherever we go. In this walk we should transmit mercy and hope.

The Light of Joy

When the going is tough, God’s children will find freedom and joy in most situations. The apostles Peter and Paul proclaim these truths in their calamities. Their episodes should embolden our faith and usher in a renewal of life. They are the bridges that enlighten our encounter with the Holy Spirit, set our flames of hope afire, and proclaim justice to all. But how can we tell we’re living successfully? Swami Sivananda (1863 – 1902), Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th century Saint Ramakrishna, wrote, “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even the smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Yet, we still find some wishing to do big tasks, when the simple ones they are called to do, go unnoticed. We therefore have to redefine the way we think and know our priorities. Many gifts can be attained through prayers and discernment to know what we’re called to do. By so doing we’ll surely discover the joys of having peaceful minds.

Heart Of Love

Let your heart express boundless love. Kindle it with tenderness and affection. Let your output be like that of a fiery furnace which is perpetually burning. Live a life full of love by reaching out to everyone – rich and poor alike. Allow those you love to become the joy of your heart and you’ll be like a shining light in the midst of darkness. In our world you’ll be seen as a flame of hope. Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719), English poet, essayist, playwright and politician, wrote, “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” So, work for peace, love humanity and see swords beaten into plowshares.

Indestructible Love

Your love is a pathway to hearts. Capture its true essence and follow its way to goodness. Be triumphant in your quest, by embracing and kissing an indescribable love. By so doing, you’ll discover joy shining brightly like the sun in a clear blue sky. In short, you’ll be one of many lights in the world like the saints. Hosea Ballou (1771 – 1852), American Universalist theologian and clergyman, wrote, “Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” Now, express a profound empathy when you are touched with tears trickling down your cheeks.

Love Beyond Love

Let love beyond love be your battle cry. Seek hearts willing to contain it. Longing for deeper fulfillment this is perfection that sets hearts on fire. In these relationships reach out to families, neighbors, and friends in communities, and even to the length and breath of the world. This is when in ecstasy you bring joy and peace to others. This serenity people can find in Jesus Christ and is one of faith. French soldier, military theorist and commander during World War 1, Ferdinand Foch (1851 – 1929) wrote, “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

Power of Love

Love is a dynamic force. Initially, it begins by warming hearts. It is replete with the diversity of goodness and its fundamental tenets are found in the Gospels. By faith readers of these works are able to know what it means to live in the Spirit. Bengali literary figure Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) explained, “Faith is the bird that feels the light when dawn is still dark.”

The power of love stirs our imagination and guides us. It reaches out in our world turning them it into true bliss. With it all things raise our consciousness to elevated planes. Jesus Christ is the creator of this reality. His sacrifice, death, and resurrection were glorious. He showed his supernatural power which was the foundation of salvation. He was the stone which the builders rejected that became the cornerstone.

It took his humble act of submission to accomplish this extraordinary feat. Only through his grace we can begin to appreciate and understand his action. He is inevitably the epitome of the power of love. His was a clarion call to us to know his blessings, but there were doubters concerning his saving grace. Even one of his own disciples Thomas had to touch his wounds to believe. Those of faith are able to express this superb love by their belief. “Love conquers all.” A faith-propelled belief is the catalyst of supreme love.