July 26, 2015, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Gather up the crusts that are left over so that nothing will go to waste." (John 6:12)
2 Kings 4:42-44
Gospel of John 6:1-15 Readings Here
REFLECTION: We spend an awful lot of money on luxuries without even thinking about them as such. Elsewhere in the world, “just part of living” includes finding water for the day, scraping together enough food to stop the children’s crying, and scrounging for clothing. This is not meant to trigger our guilt feeling, but to have us think of “simple living” as an alternative way to use the earth’s goods.
PRAYER: Lord, Jesus, make us more aware of the gifts we have been given. Show us how we can share with others and give us the courage and the generosity to help our world be a more loving, sensitive, caring, and generous place to live. Amen.
Monday: Think and discuss as family what you can do to share with another a gift with which God has blessed you.
Tuesday: Discuss at table tonight those things that each of you does to help the needy, those you know and those you don’t know.
Wednesday: Decide today for yourself or family what one action you could do that will make your lifestyle simpler or that will help someone in need.
Thursday: Pray as a family tonight the Mysteries of Light Video Here of the Rosary.
Do a form of recreation today with the family or with friends that does not cost money, bike ride, walk, etc., etc.
Saturday: Eliminate one “luxury” food tonight and give the extra money to a charity.
PRAYER: Lord, all goodness and blessing come from you. Even as we give, we receive back from your loving hand. May our lives be guided by generous giving and may we receive the reward you have promised. Amen.
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