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This Easter Season seems to be very busy this year. It seems like we haven’t stopped since Palm Sunday. I don’t know about you, but I feel a little run down or maybe run over and it is only the end of the second week of Easter.
When I looked at today’s readings, I felt like all I wanted to do is sit and break some bread with God. However, I realized, I still have so much more to do before the end of the semester and that adding just one more thing might make me topple over. Some of you might feel the same way. I realized that I really needed to hear today’s psalm. “One thing I seek, to dwell in the house of the Lord.”
But, how do we do this? The Church, in her wisdom, tells us. The first reading reminds us that organizations and groups that have God as their center will survive the test of time. God will support them. We look at our Holy Mother Church. For 2000 years, our church has survived. We believe that no power on earth or in hell will ever destroy it.
This is true for many other things in our lives. God will, indeed, God does support your life when you do things that support the church. As we have finished our Lenten practices, I hope that you were made a better person, not just a crabbier one, because of it. However, throughout the year, we are taught to trust God, become more joyful and generous with those around us, and to remember to pray. It is through these practices that we are able to learn to trust more deeply in God.
As we look toward the Gospel, we see the depth of the trust that the people, especially the apostles, had for Jesus, that he would be able to feed them. We are called to have a similar faith. While we are not necessarily relying on God completely for our bread: We recognize that we need to work to earn the money. We know that God is not a conveyor belt; we have to do the work. However, we trust God to give us good weather to grow the wheat, we trust God to give us good health to be able to work, we trust God that we will be loved and cared for and God will give us the grace to love and care for others.
If we return to the Responsorial Psalm and look at the verses, we learn a little more about trusting.
The Lord is our light and our salvation, Whom should I fear?
The Lord is my life’s refuge, of whom should I be afraid?
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord.
Wait for the Lord, for he will come. Indeed, He has come in our hour and time of need. It is this that We celebrate, We trust, We believe.