Gospel: Jn 6:1-15
After this, Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, near Tiberias, and large crowds followed him, because of the miraculous signs they saw, when he healed the sick. So he went up into the hills and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
Then lifting up his eyes, Jesus saw the crowds that were coming to him, and said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread so that these people may eat?” He said this to test Philip, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred silver coins would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a piece.”
Then one of Jesus’ disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there, so the people, about five thousand men, sat down. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish, and gave them as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten enough, he told his disciples, “Gather up the pieces left over, that nothing may be lost.”
So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with bread, that is, with pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
When the people saw the miracle which Jesus had performed, they said, “This is really the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” Jesus realized that they would come and take him by force to make him king; so he fled to the hills by himself.
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.