January 7, 2020
(St. Raymond of Penafort, Priest)
Jesus, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men. Mk_6:34-44
Miracle, illusion or reality? Jesus made it obvious that what they had witnessed in this multiplication of the food was reality! The number of people were unquestionable. The starting amount of food was unquestionable. The blessing was a model of what we should all, always do before we eat.
The satisfaction of the crowd could have been subjective. But the leftovers proved that no one was left hungry. And if five loaves of bread and two fish filled five-thousand people, it was obvious that they could not have been broken into small enough pieces to ever give each man even a morsel. And those morsels would surely never have been enough to fill them.
Finally the ultimate proof of the miracle was the fact that there were more leftovers than they even started with! The point? The point was not that God, that Jesus is here to feed us bread and fish. The point was that when we believe, when we trust in Jesus, for whatever we are in need of, He will fill us to abundance.
Do we need strength in tough times? Jesus will provide it. Do we need money to survive an unexpectedly early retirement? Jesus will bury us in it – as long as we use it wisely and give our time and appropriate tithing to the poor. Do we need love? Well, sometimes we just have to keep on praying. But in the meantime, we give as much of it as we possibly can. And we keep assuring ourselves that our God loves us beyond anything we can possibly expect out of humanity. And it’s that Love that sustains us!
May our loving God, bless you, beloved, and keep you in His love forever – for that love is unquestionable – and it was proven by our Lord, Jesus Christ!
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