February 11, 2017
Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
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.
REFLECTION (Sem. Lloyd Anthony G. Pagulayan)
I must admit I am not a cat lover. However, in the seminary, I think little by little I begin to befriend these feline creatures of God. And so, I make sure that our leftover food especially fishbones (sometimes I intentionally leave some meat, too from my own share), are fed to them. I even colect direct from the plates of my other brothers their own leftovers to ensure that no cat is left hungry for the day.
Today’s Gospel, Jesus feeds five thousand men and more. I could imagine being rattled if I would be tasked to cater to such magnitude of guests. I remember everytime I would throw a small party to host my Singles for Christ community friends in Singapore, I would make sure that we would always consider buffer in our food spread. We were always afraid to run out of what we have. Not to mention the big appetite that most brothers and sisters had.
In what seemed to be impossible, Jesus manifested a miracle as the Great Provider. He satisfied the hunger of each of those followers. And voilah, He even managed to make the bounty overflowing.
In times when we feel that we are losing graces and running out of resources, lift up everything to Him and He would surely bless us. We would not only be fed but we would even, to our satisfaction, burp and with a big smile, praise Him and say, “Just in Time, Lord! Thank you! AMEN!” In all these, may God be praised.