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Friday, October 13, 2017

Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to him, ‘Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely place.’ But he said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, ‘Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each.’ And they did so, and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces.” (L...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4: 19)

That’s quite a promise! But note that St. Paul makes this promise to the Philippians, who were just as good at giving as they were at receiving: “You Philippians,” he writes to them, “indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once.” (Phil 4: 15-16)

God does fully satisfy every need of mine, but specifically “according to His riches,” and “in glory in Christ Jesus.” His kind of “riches” come to me abundantly in self-giving, not in self-seeking. Because God does not “fully satisfy” the kinds of...

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