April 29 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: John 6:1-15

A reading from the gospel according John 6:1-15:
1 Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
2 A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.
4 The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
5 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?”
6 He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him,
7 “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.”
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”
10 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.
11 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.
12 When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”
13 So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
14 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.”
15 Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

Reflection: Multiplication and Sharing

Good News: God feeds the hungry!

As the Good Shepherd, Jesus did not like His listeners to go hungry. So He asked His apostles to go and buy something for the crowd to eat but there is a huge budget problem. Fortunately, a boy was willing to share his five loaves and two fish which Jesus blessed and “multiplied” and all had their fill. That’s not all, twelve baskets were filled with scraps left over.

What a miracle indeed! Our God is a God of multiplication. If He wills it, no one will starve. Our reading shows that Jesus is not concerned only with our spiritual needs but also with our physical necessities.

Yet, not a few commentators point out that if a boy brought with him food, most probably many people in the crowd also brought theirs. The miracle happened when they saw the generosity of the boy and everyone started sharing their packed lunch to those without food.

Indeed, the world has enough resources to feed all of human race. The big problem is uneven distribution of wealth and the greed of a few. There are news reports of food items in some developed countries that go to waste year in and year out. Yet, millions of people in the less developed countries experience hunger. Obviously, there is lack of mechanisms by which this problem can be solved now and in the near future.

Individually, there is much to be desired in the way we deal with the needy. May we look into our hearts and realize that our treasures are really not meant for us only but it is meant to be shared. When we practice sharing, expect miracles to happen just as Jesus had promised: Whatever we give will come back to us a thousand fold. (Luke 6:38)

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“Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing is wasted.” Every time you eat, try to finish your food and never waste anything. Let us help save planet earth by conserving food and other resources. Jesus is the foremost environmentalist.

RELATED: Matthew 14:13-21

Gospel reading and reflection for April 29, 2022
Gospel reading and reflection for April 29, 2022

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