Theme for the Day: Together…we are not lacking in any spiritual gifts
Scripture Readings: Job 28:20-28; Psalm 145:10-21; Ephesians 4:7-13; Mark 8:14-21
Job realizes that even though all has been taken away from him, the fear of the
Lord remains – that is wisdom. As brothers and sisters in Christ, even though we
are impoverished by our divisions, we have all been graced with an abundance of
diverse gifts, both spiritual and material to build up his body.
Yet, despite God’s promises and Jesus’ generous life and love, we, like the
disciples in Mark, sometimes forget our true wealth: we divide, we hoard; we
speak and act as if we have “no bread”.
Christ has not been divided: together we have gifts enough to share with one
another and “with every living thing”.
In what ways have we forgotten the abundance of God’s gifts, proclaiming
instead “we have no bread”?
In what ways can we better share the spiritual and material gifts entrusted to us
to share with others?
Faithful, open-handed God, we bless you that you have given us all the spiritual
gifts we need to come to the measure of the full stature of Christ : for wisdom, for
gifts of service and for bread. Help us to be signs of your abundance, gathered in
unity to bring the gifts of your everlasting kingdom to every place of pain and lack.
Filled with the Spirit, we pray in the name of the One whose gift was the bread of
his life broken for us, now and forever. Amen.