Friday of the Second Week of Easter

(Jn 6, 1-15)

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

Who would think that a small and humble offering of the little boy would feed such magnitude of people? Perhaps the little boy thought to share his precious meal only with Jesus. Little did he know that whatever is offered to Jesus is redirected back to people and is returned a hundredfold. This is the mystery of generosity, that no matter how little it is, it will always reach and benefit a lot of people. This is the motive why we have to do our share to make this world a better place in our own small way. It is never small in the eyes of God. And so, the parable of the mustard seed, the parable of the wheat, the parable of the dough and the yeast and the likes are iconic signs that tell us, be mindful of the little things for they have the seed of greatness within them. The little boy with his little offering fed the multitude that day. It is because he was courageous to offer it to God without reservation.

Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.


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