“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” -St. Francis

Pastor’s Desk


After a long day of preaching and healing, Jesus’ disciples find themselves confronted with thousands of hungry people who need to be fed.  In desperation, they turned to the Lord and asked him to tell the people to go to the towns and villages to buy food.  Jesus told them to give the people food themselves.  They admitted that they cannot come up with only five loaves and two fish to feed all of them; they hardly had enough to feed themselves. The disciples understood that they needed a miracle and before they realized the miracle was happening before their eyes, the loaves of bread and fish started multiplying to feed those hungry people.  Where is the lesson for us? In difficult moments a miracle may be waiting for us. Many believers admit that when faced with life-threatening illness, fear comes first, and immediately ask God for a miracle that can cure them; however, not always the waiting miracle can come as requested; it can come in form of strength and courage. God give us ways to move us through pain and grief when it is present in our lives. Saint Paul tells us today. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life…nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Christ Jesus can be multiplied again and again for those whose heart hunger and thirst for healing and wholeness.

Fr. Albeen