Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.
Love desires unity. Take a moment to think about that statement… Love desires unity.
Think about all of the people that you love. You want to spend time with them. You want to know everything about them. And in a very special way, the Sacrament of Matrimony allows two people to become one in Christ Jesus. The love between a husband and a wife is a close analogy to how Jesus loves His Church – He laid down His life for the Church.
This story today of the feeding of 5000 is a foreshadowing of the Eucharist – how Jesus always wants to feed us and give us life. Jesus loves us so much that He not only wanted to give us food, but to share His very life with us. Thus, He gave us the Eucharist – His own Body and Blood to be shared with us. We have the amazing opportunity every day to receive Jesus into our own bodies in the Eucharist. Love desires unity. Jesus loves us so much that He wants an intimate relationship with you – through His word and especially through the Eucharist.
I also am struck by the humility of the little boy in this Gospel who brings the 5 loaves and 2 fish. Most people probably laughed at the boy thinking, “What good will that do for so many people?” Yet, Jesus took his humble offering and multiplied it enough to feed everyone.
We too are simple vessels, with relatively little to offer the world. Yet God calls you and me, sinners though we are, to serve Him and to love and feed His people. Look at the Apostles. They were men with many faults, fears and anxieties, especially St. Peter. Yet, Jesus founded His Church on Peter, a Church that is still striving to this day.
What do you have to offer? No matter how small, how insignificant you think it may be, offer it to Jesus and see what He does with it. He will multiply it and there will be plenty left over…
Have a blessed day!