February 14, 2017
Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop
The Gospel Today
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.”
They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
REFLECTION (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
When we decided to follow Jesus Christ a lot of faith was essential of us. Remarkably, Jesus would first reveal Himself and His graciousness so that we could follow Him in faith. In today’s Gospel, the disciples were anxious because they forgot to bring bread for their journey. Most probably, they even felt that Jesus Christ was annoyed with them because of his warning against the leaven of the Pharisees. However, despite that attitude of the disciples, Jesus once more refreshed their memories of the providence and generosity of God. He reminded them the many miracles He did which they witnessed, such as the feeding of the multitude.
During the Christmas vacation, I was asked to serve and assist our parish priest. I joined him in his “Simbang Gabi” to seven barangays. I was tasked to make sure that the consecrated host would be enough for the communities. So, the moment we reach a chapel, I would start to estimate the congregation. During those times, there were instances that I felt we would run out of hosts. Sometimes, I observed a possible shortage during the consecration. Therefore I could not add anymore. From there, I would be restless until we finish giving communion. Thanks be to God, we never ran out of consecrated hosts. In fact most of the time, we had excess number of hosts.
In both the Gospel and my experience we see that if we only have faith, nothing will be lacking in us. God’s providence will supply everything. I believe the invitation of the Gospel is to examine those moments that God supplies us abundantly, even though we feel that we will run short. When we feel short of what is expected of us, offer what is lacking to God and let His graciousness supply the rest.