Multiplication Table – Good News for January 5

5 01 2010

John 4:7-10

Let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have life through him.

In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Mark 6:34-44

When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?”

He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?  Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.” So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass.

The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties. Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish.

Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.

The Daily Path: If there is one commodity that we as humans have infinite ability to multiply and meet demand, it has to be LOVE. Some may feel that we are also very good at multiplying hatred, but there is no demand for hate. Everyone has a primary need for love.

In the first reading, John defines love. I like to call John “Dr. Love” because he’s always prescribing the primary commandment for what ails us. He tells us that God is love and if we generate love we are of the Father.

In the second reading Mark recounts the miracle of the loaves and fish, as Jesus meets both the spiritual demand of 5,000 people through His teaching, and the physical demand for nourishment through food. Both are acts of love.

Holding these teachings side by side we get an incredible snapshot that is worthy of constant reflection: If each of us has been given the ability to generate love in all we do, then we have also have the ability to multiply love in everyone we touch. Love is the original viral network. One act of love (God) has the ability to infinitely multiply itself as it moves among many.

Imagine the impact just one person could have if their core mission in life was to generate a tiny act of love towards every single person they come in contact with. Imagine that person as YOU dispensing YOUR endless supply of loaves and fish (love = God).

What are you waiting for?

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