Dispatches from Fr. Charitas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

THIS MATTER OF PROVIDENCE Providence Barley

Of late, I have contemplated on the nature of Providence. To be specific, whether Providence is for some, me and mine in particular; or is it for some, those other than me; or is it for all of us? Is Providence earned or is Providence bestowed? Is the Providence I receive for me or for many than me?

Christ taught that sunshine and the rains fall also on fields other than mine. Grace and mercy shower down not just on me but for all to receive. Christ over and over called the people to share and in the sharing the seemingly too little becomes more than enough.

As I have roamed these distant hills far from home, I am always surprised how most cultures are eager to share. This sharing seems to be a sacred act among so many cultures. Sometimes I sense that is the sharing that makes sacred the places and the moments I travel in these hills of jade.

Yes, I believe sharing is at the heart of Love. I think of Christ sharing five loaves and two fish with the crowds. I think of Christ sharing the bread and the cup with the disciples in that upper room. I think of Christ that His Life would be the soul of our daily bread in His words, “I am the Bread of Life.” The sharing of Grace, the sharing of the Gospel, the sharing of God’s Goodness … yes, there is something sacramental in the grace of sharing.

Thus, Providence is made sufficient in the sharing. God shares with us and we share with each other; we share in a Holy Feast.

In His Service always,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz

 

 

About Father Charitas de la Cruz

a Jesuit missionary into realms of dreams and possibilities: a pastor, a counselor, a poet, a photographer, a contemplative Christian, servant of Christ, pen name of Rev. Dr. Jim McWhinnie
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