Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Daily Office Reflection: Take - Bless - Break - Give

Psalm 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Isaiah 52:1-12; Galatians 4:12-20; Mark 8:1-10

Mark's Gospel can be so disconcerting at times. The herky-jerky nature of the flow of the story can be so off-putting, un-balancing. Perhaps that was the intent of the author. Perhaps this was caused by the manner in which the original was translated. Yet, if we think about life, the ebb and flow of each of our individual stories does not flow in a pretty manner: that herky-jerkiness we experience in Mark's narrative is quite analogous to life's unevenness.

We have Mark's second feeding of the masses in today's Gospel selection. The four-fold action of our Eucharistic Prayers is once again on display: taking, blessing, breaking, giving the limited quantity of bread that somehow feeds a multitude. Where in the herky-jerky activities of our busy lives can we take some seemingly insignificant piece of ourselves, recognize and give thanks for its holiness, do what is necessary to divvy that gift up, and than distribute it to those around us?

In the midst of chaos and confusion, we must be able to find a manner in which to appreciate and take in those gifts God gives us each and every day, give thanks for them and share them by giving a piece of ourselves to something, or some person who can benefit from that piece being broken off us. Perhaps, just perhaps, that rocky-feeling will dissipate some..... And we will never miss that piece of ourselves we give away.

Copyright 2011, The Rev. John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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