We begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We read in the gospel of Mark (6:42), "And all ate and were filled"."
After a long day of healing, preaching, and teaching, Jesus and the disciples just want to slip away. Instead, the crowd follows, and Jesus continues to teach. He wants to give them more food before their journeys home for the night. With a few fish and some pieces of bread, he feeds the five thousand, but he given more than food for the belly. The image is one of super abundance.
We are surrounded by an abundance of God's mercy and love. We are surrounded by an abundance of opportunities for loving service and kindness. We are surrounded by an abundance of miracles – we just don't pay attention to them. God does not leave us with empty bellies and broken hearts. God fills us to the brim so we may overflow and share that abundance with the world around us.
Let us pray what is known as the Grail Prayer this Lenten day:
We give you our hands to do your work.
We give you our feet to go your way.
We give you our eyes to see as you do.
We give you our tongues to speak your words.
We give you our minds that you may think in us.
We give you our spirit that you may pray in us.
We give you our hearts that you may love in us
our loving God and all people.
We give you our whole selves that you may grow in us,
so that it is you, Loving Jesus,
who lives and works and prays in us.
We close our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.