Give Sacrificial Love
When was the last time you relied on God's will, working in you, to help other people? So much of the time in our modern world we see people, families who are struggling, whether there is a beggar on the street, or that family you know who is surviving on the bare minimum. Sometimes we ourselves are the people that are just getting by, and we know how grateful we are if there's someone to lend a hand, or even just a friend to listen and provide some wisdom. At the centre of every conflict is love, God's love for us and our love for others. If we step out of ourselves and work towards being more sacrificial, God's love will work towards the best of all people, especially those in most need.
Today's Gospel states:'After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber'i-as. And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, "How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?" This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little." One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!" Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself' (John 6:1-15).
In today's Gospel, Jesus feeds the large group of people with just a small amount of food. Only through God could something so great be accomplished. In the same way that Jesus feeds the thousands, we too can help our neighbour, and give of ourselves for those in need. It may not be easy, but we feel such rewards just from lending a hand, an ear, perhaps donating some food to help others through a tough time. Take some time to consider where you can spread the love. Ask God to help you be more sacrificial and loving to those in need.
Today's prayer comes from 'Prayer Power' a prayer for helping those in need:
Heavenly Father, Light of my heart,
Guide me, show me the way to help those who You place before me.
If you want me to help them, Lord, show me how. I need Your guidance. I want to live according to Your Will and become more like You.
You, Lord, are the greatest Healer the world has ever known. Please grant me the gift of healing in Your Name.
Lord, I am willing, my heart is surrendered to You, and I want to live as You wish me to live.
I also want to be a blessing to those around me, to be a helper to those in need, to be a healer for those in pain, through the power of Your Name.
Without You I am nothing, but with You I am able. Without You I am weak, but with You I have hope.
It is my hope, Heavenly Father, to be of service to You, to help those in need, to be a servant to humankind.
Guide me, protect me, and show me what you want me to do, and how to do it.
I trust You, Father, and believe You have called me for a purpose.
Show me what that purpose is, and let me live according to Your Will.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.