The Contemplative Companion for Friday, April 28, 2017

Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. – John 6.8-15

Read with a view to our inward-life, this miracle story reveals that there is an “aspect” in each of us that can become very fruitful, in ways we never could have imagined.

When this aspect in us is empowered by the Grace of Love and the energy of divine life in Christ, it bears abundant fruit and can “feed” and “bless” other aspects of our self and others.

The child with the five loaves and two fish represents our future potential fruitfulness – an aspect or way of being that we may not even know we posses until it is activated by the Spirit of God at just the right moment of need and opportunity. An activation that ends up blessing others by your being humble, prepared and willing to be transformed beyond what your mind has delineated as possible.

This aspect is always there in us – despite years of fruitlessness or sense of disconnection from the divine life. So, in a sense, we might need to get reconnected with this hidden aspect in us. Ask the Spirit of God to help you rediscover your more Essential qualities, perhaps smothered over by the constrictions of playing other roles in life.

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