The Master Planner

Today in our gospel, we are told Jesus asked Philip how they are going to buy bread to feed about 5,000 men (not counting women and children). Philip in response to Jesus, and using his human mind, calculated that two hundred denarii (being a whole year’s wages) is not even enough to get each person a little piece. Thankfully, Jesus only asked him this to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Do you believe Jesus always has a plan or knows what to do in every situation? Well, He does, and He always finds a way to set that plan in motion. This plan of Jesus, in today’s gospel, fed the 5,000 men with five barley loaves and two fish and there was left over of twelve baskets full. That is exactly what happens when we allow God’s plan to work in our lives. It works to the wonder and amazement of all. He knows what He will do in your situation; in your fears, doubts, anxiety, worry, hopelessness, and even in this pandemic. Jesus is infinite steps ahead and the expert in solving problems to perfection.

In our first reading, Gamaliel, after a careful assessment of history, concluded that any plan or undertaking which is of man will fail but if it is of God, no one will be able to overcome it. It’s about time we begin to allow God to roll out His plan for mankind and stop chasing after the wind. God has the master plan; our plans should be in line with His bigger plan for us, otherwise it will fail.

The so-called experts continue to change their explanations as to why the fight against this Corona virus is not ending the pandemic. Perhaps the world should fall back on the master planner instead of relying on our own expertise and wisdom. He created the world; He has the manual.

As we continue to await His intervention in all this, I wish to encourage you with the words of the psalmist: I believe, I’m convinced, I’m certain that we shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. We will not die, we will live and recount the deeds of the Lord.
(Acts 5:34-42; Ps. 27; Jn. 6:1-15)


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