DAILY CHEWING STICK: 3RD AUGUST, 2015.
(Num 11:4-15, Mt 14:13-21).
According to William Arthur Ward, “Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” This is because, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Words indeed can’t express how I felt and still feel right now at the SHOW OF LOVE I received from ALL OF YOU MY BELOVED FRIENDS at MY 7TH PRIESTLY ANNIVERSARY YESTERDAY.
You will agree with me that: “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” Hence, I say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your calls, SMS, BBM Pings, Whatsapp pings, Facebook, gifts of cake, cash, kindness, presence at the Mass in my Parish, etc!
You know what? “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am rather grateful that thorns have roses.” Despite the challenges, difficulties and tight schedules, you put smiles on my face.
I PRAY THAT YOU AND ALL THOSE AROUND YOU WILL NEVER LACK; PEOPLE THAT PUT SMILES ON YOUR FACES TOO.
Brethren, there is NO PROBLEM WITHOUT A SOLUTION, NO MATTER HOW HARD OR INSURMOUNTABLE D PROBLEM WOULD BE. The people of Israel were in a deep desert, they even preferred to return to slavery than die in the desert for lack of FOOD AND WATER. But God provided them with MANNA AND RESCUED THEM. Again, the people who followed JESUS in the gospel of today were in a deserted place and lost hope of getting SOMETHING TO EAT AND SATISFY THEIR HUNGER. But Jesus made the impossible to happen, by using FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH TO FEED THEM ALL, AND EXTRA WAS EVEN COLLECTED.
Dearly beloved, can you please sing with me: Unquestionable that is Your name (x2); unquestionable, unquestionable, unquestionable that is Your name…! Do you not know that MAN’S IMPOSSIBILITIES ARE GOD’S OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVE TO US THAT HE IS OUR GOD? And so, in whatever form of DESERT YOU MAY BE RIGHT NOW IN YOUR FAMILY, BUSINESS, CHURCH, OFFICE, WHEREVER, I PRAY THAT THROUGH THE GRACE THAT WILL COME FROM THE SACRIFICE OF THE HOLY MASS WHICH I AM CELEBRATING FOR YOUR INTENTIONS; YOU SHALL FEEL THE POWERFUL PRESENCE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE. THE LORD SHALL RE-WRITE EVERY WRONGS IN YOUR LIFE. THE LORD SHALL PERFECT EVERY IMPERFECTIONS IN YOUR WAY. YOU SHALL RECEIVE AUGUST VISITORS FROM GOD WITH GOOD NEWS, WITH BREAKTHROUGH, WITH HEALING MERCIES, WITH TRAVELING MERCIES, ETC. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD, AMEN.
Good morning and remain blessed.
About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Stick to spread God’s word electronically to all.