Friday of the Second Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 5:34-42, Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14, & John 6:1-15
Today’s Gospel narrative is one of the accounts of Jesus feeding the multitude. In each version, the common denominator reminds us of the abundance of God’s love for us in the Divine Person of Jesus Christ.
In each account, a pattern emerges—a massive body of people are involved, all gathered in an open place, and there was a need to feed them, but there were few resources. After saying the blessing, the food was dispersed, and the masses were satisfied. Finally, the abundant leftovers filled twelve baskets.
For us, these details should provide a model of God’s concern to care for His people. Just as the five-thousand needed to be cared for by Jesus and His disciples, we, too, need to be ready to care for the needs of others as well as ourselves. But how do we relieve the suffering of others? How do we even care for our own needs? Sometimes, we have to ask for help.
Jesus invited Phillip to consider the plight of the vast crowd by placing himself within it. Basically, Phillip said it couldn’t be done. Yet, it was done. All the people were fed and were satisfied. Why then do we doubt?
How often do we face similar dilemmas in our own life experiences? How often do we react as Philip did by saying, “It can’t be done.” Many fixate on the problem and not on the solution. We cannot ignore our own life’s issues, so how can we overlook those who have no voice? Think of the parable of the Good Samaritan who went to great lengths to save a stranger. What is the reaction Phillip should have felt? He saw Jesus take the loaves and “give thanks.” There is no more extraordinary model for us than Jesus Himself. He knows the power of the Father and immediately gave Him the thanks He rightly deserved. What a wonderful lesson for us, to not only see the miracle but to glorify the Father in response.
Today, and every day, let us thank and bless our Lord as we are fed by His Body in the Holy Eucharist. We also ask Him to lead us to those who are hungry and in need of our help to be satisfied by God’s love and mercy.
Question of the Day: How will you use your time, talent, and treasure to aid those in need?
Prayer: “One does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Amen.”