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KS Maui Poʻo Kumu Kākoʻo Kaleo Pahukula reminds us to ask Jesus to bless our day and allow Him to do His work by taking our talents and multiplying them to bring great joy to others.

Lent week five: Blessed to be a blessing

April 1, 2022

Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for the season of Lent, to honor the deep Christian faith of KS founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Pākī Bishop. The devotionals were designed to be used by students, staffers and others to celebrate the coming of Easter.

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ʻŌlelo akula iā ia kehai o kāna poʻe haumāna, ʻo Anederea, ka hoahānauo Simona Petero. “He wahi keiki ma ʻaneʻi, he mau pōpō berena bale ʻelima kāna, a me nā iʻa liʻiliʻi ʻelua; a he aha lā ia mau mea i kēia poʻe nui?” ʻŌlelo maila ʻo Iesu, “E hoʻonoho i na kānaka i lalo.” He nui nō ka weuweu ma ia wahi. Noho ihola nā kānaka, ʻelima tausani paha.  Lālau maila ʻo Iesu i nā pōpō berena: hoʻomaikaʻi akula, a hāʻawi maila in nā haumāna, a ʻo na haumana hoʻi i ka poʻe e noho ana; pēlā nō hoʻi nā iʻa, a like ka nui me ko lākou makemake. – Ioane 6:8-11

One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated: likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. – John 6:8-11

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KS Maui Poʻo Kumu Kākoʻo Kaleo Pahukula

About five years ago, our pastor was going through a sermon series entitled, “When Jesus Takes Your Lunch.” As a school administrator, I must admit that the first image that popped into my head was the stereotypical bully stealing lunch money from a smaller student but since we were talking about Jesus, who was far from the bullying type, I had to switch my perspective. Instead, our pastor shared the story of Jesus using a little boy’s humble lunch to feed 5,000 people on a hillside near the water. With all that iʻa, it sounded like one awesome picnic. Pastor’s manaʻo was that our job was to bring our gift to Jesus and let Him turn it into a miracle.

Ke Akua has an amazing rate of return when He is involved early. Like the miracle in the scripture, I believe the story of the Kamehameha Schools is a miracle blessed by God because of the faith of our beloved founder, Ke Aliʻi Pauahi, who envisioned a school for Native Hawaiian children into perpetuity. The amazing legacy of our school educating our haumāna and serving our lāhui for 135 years, and that perpetual impact, is a devine blessing from ke Akua because Pauahi believed and trusted the Lord.

As we prepare ourselves for Easter during Lent by living more like Jesus, we are not only called to abstain to deepen our faith but we are also called to give. Both Pauahi and the little boy needed to give what they had for Jesus to do the miracle. In our lives we give in many ways but one way we give is the daily offering of our talents at work or school. During this Lent season, when you come to work or school ask Jesus to bless your day and allow Him to do His work by taking your actions and multiplying them to bring joy to others in ways you cannot imagine.

Mahalo ke Akua with all that you bless us with each day, including the opportunity to bring our talents as a part of this amazing school. I lift up all that I do and give today in the role that I serve so that you can use me and my gifts in a mighty way. ʻAmene.

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