I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call
Our Christian lives, as we have reflected on over the past few weeks, are not about the past. We can certainty take lessons from the past, but we cannot live there.
St. Paul clearly calls Christians out on living in the past. He writes: live in a manner worthy of the call you have received. That is important to us, to live and move forward.
The feeding of the multitude happens about right in the middle of Jesusâ€™ thirty-second year. It is in fact, the pinnacle of His popularity with the crowd. He had been teaching them â€œmany thingsâ€ when He saw they were â€œsheep without a shepherd.â€
What He had been teaching them was the truth of His Fatherâ€™s Kingdom plan. It was a new way of thinking, living, being, and acting. It was forward thinking â€“ for today and tomorrow. It was in complete uniformity with all the prophets had been trying to get at â€“ and as with the prophets, the people would not listen. The people could only look backward. They missed Jesusâ€™ point. They missed tomorrow because they were stuck in yesterday.
Shortly after the multiplication of loaves the people would turn away, the majority left Jesus. He wouldnâ€™t do today what He did yesterday â€“ We see that they were stuck back there. They wanted a repeat performance.
For this past week the youth of the Church gathered new tools and new skills. They have set out on a mission to make the choice â€“ to pray, plan, organize, gather people, and set to work to rebuild our Holy Church, our parishes, and our communities. So must it be with us.
We are called to greatness, but not to live in yesterdayâ€™s greatness. Our call is to a new greatness, a magnificent greatness. This greatness comes from carrying out the Fatherâ€™s Kingdom plan as laid out for us by Jesus. So we must get into action.
Hereâ€™s the part where everyone says â€“ well what do I do? The first step is pick up the Holy Bible and check out the kingdom blueprint. Then pray, â€˜Lord, what would You have me do?â€™ Then listen. He will point out those we should invite. He will show us how to live and do in a manner worthy of our call.