Homily for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 2020
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Nothing is Too Little
A rich real estate agent lost everything he had in a bad investment. He was broken, and in a big mess. His addiction to drugs did not help him. He felt he had let his family down. He could not face his wife and tell her what had happened. So he decided to end it all by taking his own life. He climbed up a tree, ate the last finger of banana he had before hanging the rope. A cripple from the woods, crawled and pick up the banana peels he dropped and ate them with a smile.
The real estate agent could not believe his eyes. There he was thinking his life was over. He was good for nothing. And below him was a cripple, one who had nothing, yet he could still smile and eat whatever fell down from the trees just to survive. That experience gave the real estate agent reason to live instead of committing suicide. It opened his eyes to the fact that one’s life is not defined by what one has or does not have. That our lives are defined by God.
Too often, we find ourselves in a space similar to the real estate agent. We look at ourselves, our situations, our failings, our inadequacies and conclude, we are no good. We do not have what it takes to live, to contribute positively to the lives of others, to effect change and leave our footprints in the world. Like the disciples in today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 14: 13-21, we want to shift the responsibility to another. Let them go away and take care of themselves.
But Jesus wants us to take care of them. Jesus wants us to get involved in their lives. He wants us to stop looking at our weaknesses and our sins. He wants us to bring to Him, the little things we have. Perhaps, that little thing demands that we say, ‘I am sorry, I messed up.’ ‘I need help.’ Or it may be giving someone a listening ear. It may also be giving someone a hand. Whatever it is, nothing is too small for God. He takes what we have, blesses it, and gives us something greater.
In 1982, Pope John Paul II addressed the young people of Scotland with these words, ‘You feel conscious of your inadequacy… But what I say to you is this: place your life in the hands of Jesus. He will accept you and bless you beyond your greatest expectations.’ The disciples placed the five loaves and two fish in the hands of Jesus. Five thousand people were fed and there were leftovers. This miracle points us to what Jesus can do with what we place in His hands.
Most times, our lives are same ol, same ol because we refuse to place them in the hands of God. We hang on to what we have, or who we are. We are afraid of losing what we should have given to the Lord. But what did Jesus say, whoever loses his or her life for His sake shall find it. He or she will gain a better life. This is the crux of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. It points us to the power of God’s Kingdom. It breaks in and transforms everything.
Today, God’s Kingdom is breaking in among us. God is asking us to give Him what we have. He wants us to place who we are in His hands. He wants us to stop looking at our failings and inadequacies. For it is not our responsibility to effect the changes that well up to eternal life. It is His. All we have to do is to place our lives in His hands. It is only by so doing that our lives change. We become a new creation, a presence inspiring change in others and creation.
Abby did just that. Her life was a total mess. She was in an abusive relationship. She did not know how to get out of it. A friend of hers taught her how to pray. It was a simple prayer. ‘Lord, I don’t know who I am anymore. But I know you. I place my life in your hand. Do your thing.’ Abby was amazed how those words changed her life. She found a healthy way out of her relationship. Today, she is setting people free by showing them how to place their lives in God’s hands. Can we see how the little things Abby’s friend said turned out to be a big thing?