Tuesday after the Epiphany
Memorial Feast: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)—Patron Saint of Catholic Schools, Widows, and Seafarers
1 John 4:7-10, Psalm 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, & Mark 6:34-44
The miracle of the multiplication of loaves is present in all four Gospels, which indicates that it is a significant event during Jesus' ministry. Over the centuries, there have been many interpretations of the true meaning of the miracle of loaves and what it represents. We have heard the many homilies during Holy Mass, discussions in Bible class, or perhaps even during less formal gatherings. Here's mine:
The significance of this miracle pointed to God's provision of manna in the wilderness for the people of Israel when they were under the leadership of Moses. This food foreshadows the true heavenly bread which Jesus offers His followers. Our Lord makes a claim only God can make: Jesus is the true bread from heaven that satisfies the deepest hunger we could ever experience. The feeding of the five thousand displays the remarkable generosity of God and His extraordinary kindness towards us. In the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, we see signs and symbols of what God always does. When God gives, He gives abundantly. He provides more than we need for ourselves so that we may have something to share with others, especially those who have little. God takes the little we have and multiplies it for the good of others.
Question of the Day: Do you trust in God's provision for you, and do you share freely with others, especially those in need?
Prayer: "Lord Jesus, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts, and you feed us with the finest wheat." (Psalm 81:16)