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Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (05th August, 2019) on the Gospel
 
Num 11:4-15;
Ps 80:12-17. (R. v.2);
Matt 14:13-21.
Topic: Caring for people.
On hearing about the death of John, Jesus went to a deserted place where He met a great crowd. He had compassion for them and cured their sick. In the evening, the disciples came up with this suggestion, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus replied, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” And not even the fact that they had only five loaves and two fish could change this. He took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed, broke, and gave them to His disciples who shared them to the crowds already seated. After the crowds had their fill, they filled twelve baskets with the leftover.
God created humankind, cf. Gen 1:27; 2:7, 21-22. And every human being is made up of body and soul. And since creation, God cares for the whole person as replete in the bible. In the gospels especially, Jesus never forgot any part of human being. He also empowered His ministers to follow suit, cf. Matt 10:5-8; Lk 10:5-9.
Often, many tend to focus their whole attention on the soul and forget the body. And like the apostles, we always have so many reasons to support this. Again, others focus their whole attention on the body and forget the soul. God wants us to care for ourselves entirely without forgetting any part – body and soul.
Bible Readings: 1Jn 3:11-24.
Thought for today: God loves and cares for both our body and soul.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to care for the whole person and not for one part or another – Amen.
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