I love the looks I get when people find out I've jumped out of an airplane! Some people say I'd love to do that while others start slowly shaking their heads in... disbelief, fear, or are they thinking what a few have actually verbalized? "Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" "Are you crazy?" Maybe, but I had to trust that the pilot and my tandem jump instructor knew what they were doing. The result of that trust was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life! The story in this week's Gospel defies logic and it requires a leap of faith by all of us:
Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves." They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people." Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty." They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets. Luke 9:11B-17
Imagine the looks the disciples must have given Jesus at His command to feed the multitudes. Or maybe they just thought, "Has He gone crazy?" Having been with Jesus for a time they knew better than to argue. They placed their trust in Jesus and obediently brought Him the paltry offering of five loaves and two fish. Their trust is rewarded with the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. Imagine the expressions on their faces as thousands are fed by that one offering!
Our trust in Jesus' command to offer bread and wine is rewarded with the miracle of the Body and Blood of Christ. Our paltry offering miraculously becomes the Body and Blood of the Lamb of God, the Son of God, the Savior of the world and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Yes, this defies logic!
Believing it is HIM is as exhilarating as anything we can do for our soul! Do you trust Him? Will you offer yourself to Jesus and see His Kingdom come as you allow Him to perform miracles through you as you faithfully receive His Body and Blood!?! Take the leap!