The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
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.
Reflection (Sem. Julius de Gracia):
One the great miracle of Jesus is the feeding of the thousand people in a deserted place with a limited available resources – this is the “multiplication of loaves”.
This miracle would attest to a truth in the person of Jesus, He is a God who provides and saves. In this particular gospel Jesus saved a thousand lives to die of hunger and he provided staple food for those who are in need even in the scarcity of resources.
I would like to invite you to focus not just on the miracle of feeding the thousand but rather focused on Jesus the center and core of the miracle. It is in and through Jesus that the miracle happen. But let us be reminded that Jesus was able to make a great miracle due to man’s cooperation. I do not discount that Jesus can make them all filled apart from the intervention of man. Jesus can do the miracle.
What I am trying to say is that sometimes in our lives God needs as well as our cooperation in order for great things to happen. God will supply whatever is lacking in all our efforts and capacity, wherein looking at our talents and capacities they are also coming from the Lord. We wanted forgiveness? Then we ask for forgiveness and receive it in the Sacrament of Reconciliation we confess our sin to the priest. We want healing then we ask God for healing and live a healthy life style; we wanted a happy married life blessed with abundance then we submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Marriage.
Christ through the Church is always and will always be present and available for us we need to approach Him that is what we need to do that is our contribution so that miracle could happen as well in our lives. What is our own bread in life? It could be our (talents, time and treasure) that when shared it could do great miracles in the lives of others for Gods greater glory.
There is no such things as trivial moments and capacity for God, for if God wills that miracle would happen to your life today at this very moment, claim it and believe that this will happen to you. That is your piece of bread likened to the bread that is so small but has done great things because of Jesus Christ, because Christ willed it.
Let us continue to be amazed by God’s Unfathomable Ways everyday of our lives.