A reading from the gospel according to Mark 6:34-44
34 When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
35 By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late.
36 Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages
and buy themselves something to eat.”
37 He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?”
38 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.”
39 So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass.
40 The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties.
41 Then, 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.
42 They all ate and were satisfied.
43 And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish.
44 Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.
Points for Reflection:
1. The gospel reading above is about the multiplication of food. It is found in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John which means it is an important event in the life of Jesus and in his ministry. It shows us how generous God is and how much He cares for our total well-being. It also manifests how powerful He is and that nothing is indeed impossible for Him.
2. More often than not, God works miracles with our cooperation. When we offer ourselves, our treasure, our time, and our talent for His own glory, amazing things happen.
3. Most people are in competition with one another because of the worldly view of scarcity of resources. One must fight to get the bigger slice of the pie. The gospel reading shows us that sharing our “five loaves and two fish” can feed thousands of people if only we know how to divide equally the available resources of the world. Sharing is indeed caring. “If only we can care and share enough, no one would gonna be sad”, so goes the lyrics of a song.
4. Take your place. Sit down properly. Obey. One of the reasons why there is disorder in the world is because people do not know how to put themselves in their proper places. We don’t need to be always first in the queue if there is any queue at all.
5. In God there is satisfaction. In Him, all our needs are met. He is our God who is more than enough. Only in Him can we find real happiness.