God’s Ultimate Blessing: Love, Bread, and Fish.
Mk 6, 34-44:
As Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He had compassion on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began a long teaching session with them. It was now getting late, so His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and it is now late. You should send the people away and let them go to the farms and villages around here to buy themselves something to eat”.
Jesus replied, “You yourselves give them something to eat”. They answered, “If we are to give them food, we must go and buy two hundred silver coins’ worth of bread”. But Jesus said, “You have some loaves: how many? Go and see”. The disciples found out and said, “There are five loaves and two fish.”
Then He told them to have the people sit down together in groups on the green grass. This they did in groups of hundreds and fifties. And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and, raising his eyes to heaven, he pronounced a blessing, broke the loaves and handed them to his disciples to distribute to the people.
He also divided the two fish among them. They all ate, and everyone had enough. Then when everyone finished eating. The disciples filled twelve baskets with broken pieces of bread and fish. Five thousand men had eaten there.
Do we adopt Christ’s divine sensitivity for those who are intimately around us? Do we adopt openness and flexibility to respond to their needs?
We are all familiar with how quickly time passes by when we do something we truly love and when we are with someone or a group of people we truly love. Christ filled with compassion, He taught the whole day, and the disciples noticed how quickly the day passed. They were worried about the people, modeling the empathy their Teacher had.
What do you have and what can you give?
The Lord decided to give them more than just spiritual food in the form of The Word but also food for the body. Jesus asked the disciples what they have. The disciples started looking at each other. Because they only had five loaves of bread and two fish. It was not enough.
What we give, we will receive sevenfold.
But the Lord can never be outdone in generosity, with His love and compassion, He did not only decide to make a miracle to provide for them. He also organized the distribution systematically and orderly.
“Then he told them to have the people sit down together in groups on the green grass. This they did in groups of hundreds and fifties.” The food miraculously, out of love, fed five thousand men. What we give through love, and with love, given generously, will multiply in grace.
As children of God, we are the leaven of society. As a famous saying goes, “Someone cannot do everything, but everyone can do something.”
“Lord, help us to be sensitive to the needs of those who are intimately around us. May we not feel frustrated or discouraged when You call us to respond with flexibility. Teach us, Lord, on how to change our plans to do Your will. Help us to recognize that You provided all that we need. Let us become generous, cheerful givers and sharers of Your Love. Amen”
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