29th July, 2012 Readings: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This week’s Gospel is about Jesus feeding the crowd of 5 thousand.
What struck me in this week’s Gospel is one of the disciples Philip, because I can relate to him. When trials come my way I always use the human intellect of finding a solution. When there seems to be no solution I give up and say that this is impossible, forgetting that God is almighty nothing is impossible to him.
At the beginning it is known that Jesus knows what is coming. The question that he put to Philip has all been just a test like the trials we face in life. At this time at this time Andrew another one of the disciples said to Jesus that there was a boy with 5 loaves and two fishes. Jesus reply was make the crowd sit on the grass field. Following that he broke the bread gave thanks and distributed to everyone.
The logical thinking here is that not everyone will get a piece of the food to eat, cause 5 loaves and 2 fishes can never feed the crowd of 5 thousand right?
Despite it being only 5 loaves and 2 fishes, the crowd were all satisfied. In other words everyone must have taken a big bite at the loaves and fishes. After that the leftovers were collected, amazingly it filled twelve baskets, and this was the miracle that Jesus performed.
In conclusion all that Jesus is asking from us are 5 loaves and 2 fishes. I am sure it is something that is very easy for us to give. Looking at the crowd of 5 thousand, often my answer is “are you sure or not? The food that you are asking form me can never satisfy the crowd.” The reply that Jesus showed me through the gospel is that 5 loaves and 2 fishes is all he need. But the question to us is that are we willing to trust in him and give 5 loaves and 2 fishes? If our answer is YES and it’s part of his plan, it will become something that is so great that we never had expected coming our way.