Friday 2nd Week of Easter
A little lad in today’s gospel gave Jesus what little he had, five loaves and two fish and something wonderful happened. We now ask sorrow for any time we focused on what we could not do rather than what Jesus was ready to do with our little gift.
So where did the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes start.
What prompted Jesus to perform the miracle?
Jesus is teaching us today
that something in us sparks him
to respond in a way that only God can respond.
It wasn’t just that the people were hungry,
having spent several days with Jesus.
The gospel says that Jesus asked Phillip as a test,
“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
His response is like any of us,
“Even two hundred days wages wouldn’t buy them enough to eat.
Phillip was thinking only of food and empty bellies.
His focus was on what he could NOT do
for the massive crowd of people.
Without enough resources, why even bother?
That will never move Jesus to perform a miracle.
How many times we are faced with a situation
and are like Phillip, throwing up our hands in defeat.
“Jesus himself knew what he was going to do,” the gospel says.
He was looking for someone he could work through
who had a heart of compassion like his own.
And He found that person in a little boy.
Like Jesus, this lad FELT the hunger of everyone around him
more than his own hunger, and like Jesus,
he willingly gave all that he had without thinking about it.
His compassion and generosity sparked a response in Jesus to multiply his little gift into a buffet.
He gave what little he had to Jesus and let Jesus do the rest.
Every person we meet, friend or stranger,
has a dignity that we must honor with Jesus.
Our gifts, many or few, are only a small part of what they need.
Our compassion, understanding, patience
opens the heart of Jesus to keep filling their baskets –
until they too have their fill.