The Gospel Today
Tuesday after Epiphany
Mk 6: 34-44
When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already very late.
Dismiss them so that they can go
to the surrounding farms and villages
and buy themselves something to eat.”
He said to them in reply,
“Give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food
and give it to them to eat?”
He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
And when they had found out they said,
“Five loaves and two fish.”
So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass.
The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties.
Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples
to set before the people;
he also divided the two fish among them all.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments
and what was left of the fish.
Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.
Reflection (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)
In today’s Gospel we are able to see the divine love in action of Jesus as he helps those who are in hunger and stranded in deserted place. This shows how compassionate the Lord is, especially for those who are in need. That’s why the invitation for us is to call, surrender and trust to God as he knows what is good for us.
The Gospel also shows how God works in mysterious ways. He can make things happen for our own good sake in the proper place, time and situation. Sometimes He can bring people to help and to guide us. Sometimes we may have financial problem, desperate needs and others may be worried and anxious about the future. No matter how hard it is, if we believe in God he will provide and with Him all things are possible.
I remember when I resigned from my work and as a breadwinner in the family there are many things that I need to consider. I really struggled in making decision of pursuing my vocation or to continue supporting and helping my family needs. What I did is to offer it to God because I believe he knows the best and those things will happen according to His will and not my own will.
Now as a second year in the formation I realized that the needs of my family are not only the material things I gave when I’m was working. God has provided more than I did. This also shows how God is good to me that he never fails to help my family as what I’m always praying.