Lector Duties

Spoiled Brats: 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

August 8, 2018

Sinasabi ko sa inyo: hinahanap ninyo ako, hindi dahil sa mga kababalaghang nakita ninyo, kundi dahil sa nakakain kayo ng tinapay at nabusog.

 

Spoiled brats. That’s what we are. That’s what mankind is throughout history.God spoils us. Read from somewhere, God has one “weakness” – His love for man.

God wanted to liberate the Israelites, to lead them to the promised land. They complained because of the hunger they encounter while en route to the promised land, unaware that the tough journey is the inevitable way to that land overflowing with milk and honey. God heard their complaints and what did He do? He rained food – meat and flakes for His people.

God wants to save all of us, to lead us to Heaven where He prepared rooms for us. We complain because of the hardships we encounter on our way to holiness, unaware that taking up our cross and following Christ is the only way to the Father. God hears our complaints and what does He do? He left us with food to nourish our soul – Christ instituted the Eucharist.

It’s the same stories from the Old and New Testament. It’s the same story of our time. We are the ever selfish complainers while God is the ever generous one.

In all truth I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.

 

He knew it, folks! And yet He still gives and gives and gives. He feeds our body. He feeds our soul.

It is good to note that though God’s generosity can not be outdone, we should aim to have more than food that satisfies the body.

Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.John 6:27

Sir,’ they said, ‘give us that bread always.

We are the complainers. We are the people who only have our personal interest in mind. To these two negative traits, God has a powerful, positive response. Giving.

Jesus answered them: I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst

We sin and do all things against God and His commandments and what did He do? He gave His son for us. How can we be more spoiled than that?

Let it be said, too, that the priest affirmed our service as lectors during this Sunday’s 9am mass, on the ambo, in front of the hundreds inside the cathedral. Spoiled brats. That’s what we are.

(This series of posts under Lector Duties are from beautiful Sunday homilies I was blessed to hear. I add some personal inputs here and there, still based on what I heard. This is me trying to document the inspired and inspirational words I hear and to share to the readers as well. “Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we too believe and therefore speak,” 2 Cor 4:13)

 

 

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