When Christ fed the thousands it was a sign pointing to our own call to nurture those around us.
In the last few months and weeks we have been bombarded with images of chaos and death. Whether the tragic situation in Syria or the streets of St. Louis and Chicago, New York and Los Angeles there seems to be no relief from these anti-nourish events. Meanwhile we have a political system that seems to be preying on these same incidents to make us fearful and more accepting of curtailment of freedoms and rights to which we have become accustomed in a free and democratic society. The rule of law, essential for any sense of a well ordered society, has been divorced from the principles rooted in the foundation of this and many other nations in the world. It sounds like a disaster ready for the making.
On the other hand, we need to remember that we are the cherished children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ forming one body. It is because of our intimate relationship to God that we can have hope and actually rejoice in celebration of that intimacy.
Our world is made up of so many truly good people who ultimately have the power to change the course of human activity from negative self-destruction to a wonderful celebration of our common heritage and the power of our Good God working in and through us in Christ Jesus.
It is indeed time to wake up, to be alert to the ways in which each of us can make a difference, sharing who we are through the special gifts that God has bestowed on each of us. A good listener?? Listen to the weak and frail, the outsider and the lonely. Filled with wisdom?? Help others to make wise decisions and to learn how to continue to make such decisions in the future. Blessed with a great intellect?? Be a mentor to others, especially the young and marginalized. Handy with your hands?? Help others do those things that will not only make their environment more pleasant, but also safer and more secure. Don't think you have any gifts to share?? Your life of prayer is something our world desperately needs.
There are so many other gifts people have that can help "nurture" a world so much in need of tender kindness. It does not require anything more than who you are right now.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, remember the Thanksgiving we celebrate at every Eucharist. He showed us the way, he continues to lead us on, and he nourishes us with his very self. His life is ours. We are one body. Take care of that body today.
Many blessings ...
Western Dominican Province Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Dominican Friars