DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 6:34-44.
As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late; send them away, to go into the country and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.”
And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
Then he commanded them all to sit down by companies upon the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear sisters and brothers, let’s believe that nothing can satisfy the deepest longing and desire of our hearts, except God alone. Believe it or not, that is very true.
Today, we read the true story about the multiplication of loaves and fishes Jesus has done to feed more than five thousand people. This miracle is the only one which is repeated in all four Gospels. What can we meditate from it?
The feeding of the five thousand shows the remarkable generosity of God and his great kindness towards us. In the multiplication of the loaves and fishes we see a sign and a symbol of what God always does. When God gives, he gives abundantly. Even, he gives more than we need for ourselves so that we may have something to share with others as well, especially those who lack what they need.
From this miracle of the multiplication we learn that God takes the little we have and multiplies it for the good of others. So let’s trust in God’s provision for our lives and freely share what we have with others, especially those who lack what they need.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we trust in and worship Jesus who is the true bread of heaven. He produces abundant life full of grace. He is the true bread of heaven that can satisfy the deepest hunger we experience.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and you feed us with the finest of wheat. Fill us with gratitude for your blessings and give us generous hearts that we may freely share with others what you have given to us, now and forever. Amen.