Dear Brothers and Sisters.
As we reflect on the Gospel of what is termed The Miracle of the Loaves, let us look again at that Gospel. Jesus sees a crowed who are hungry for his words and for food. He takes the time to address the challenge and asks disciple Philip where they could find food to feed the multitude. John tells us that “he (Jesus) knew exactly what he would do.” This information of John I find interesting. Why? It tells of an attitude of Jesus which if we cultivate will empower us to deal with daunting challenges. I refer to the text. “Jesus knew exactly what he would do.”
Very few will doubt that our society, indeed the world at large is in crisis. The crowds are starving for peace, for joy, for truth. As followers of Jesus we note the hunger and through our communion (and meetings and seminars etc.) we keep asking each other “were can we provide what is necessary to appease the inner hunger of the multitude? The question is often almost one of despair, because we genuinely give off the feeling that we don’t know exactly what we would do. Today’s miracle tells us that if we don’t know what we will do, nothing will happen. We will just feel sorry, ask the question over and over again to no avail.
Today’s Gospel tells us exactly what we could do, and challenges us to do it. It tells us in and through prayer we could tell Jesus what we have, get our people, (beginning with our families) to sit down and give Jesus the little and the inadequate that we have so that he could give them what they hunger for. He is the one who, knowing exactly what he will do, can then satisfy the ferocious hunger of the many.
Now you know exactly what we should do, please let’s do it.
May God bless you.
Fr. Clement Paul.