Jesus was moved with pity to the crowd who had followed Him. They had nothing to eat
and He was worried that they might collapsed if He sent them home with empty stomach. We also experienced this. We pitied the homeless people especially the children on the sidewalks begging for food or some money to buy food. But the question is, did we, like Jesus, do something for the people whom we pitied?
Whenever I spend my once a week half day permission to go out of the seminary to do
some errands and buy some groceries and personal stuff, I would always pass by beggars, young and old. It breaks my heart to see them in dire situation. And it saddens me all the more by the fact that the small amount I give to them will not change their situation.
I can only imagine what was running in the mind of the disciples when they presented to
Jesus the seven loaves and two fish. These will not be enough for everybody. But Jesus made a miracle. They were able to feed everybody and even collected some excess after Jesus blessed the loaves of bread and the two fish.
The Gospel today teaches me to allow Jesus to bless, no matter how small or big my
wholehearted contribution for the well-being of my neighbors. It consoles me to know that my small or little help is not irrelevant. It is not me who will lift them up from their problems or sickness. Through my small contribution to alleviate their suffering, Jesus will make the difference.
By Sem. Rodel Aclan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,
Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
because they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
If I send them away hungry to their homes,
they will collapse on the way,
and some of them have come a great distance.”
His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread
to satisfy them here in this deserted place?”
Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They replied, “Seven.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them,
and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
and they distributed them to the crowd.
They also had a few fish.
He said the blessing over them
and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets.
There were about four thousand people.
He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
and came to the region of Dalmanutha.