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.
Read: Elisha feeds one hundred men with twenty loaves of barley and wheat. “Live the vocation you have received,” says Paul. Jesus feeds five thousand men using five loaves and two fish.
Reflect: Our vocation is to feed God’s people. This feeding refers to responding to the needs of the people; and the needs could be physical, intellectual, emotional, or spiritual. The resources to feed the world have been placed in our hands; only that we often feel inadequate or do not trust in the adequacy of our resources to heal the needs of the world that seem so overwhelming. What we then need is a little nudge, encouragement and promptings to place our little resources at the feet of the Lord who can do wonders with them – like Elisha nudged the man and Andrew nudged the boy. Many youngsters miss out on their vocation to shepherd God’s people, because there is no one nudging them.
Pray: Pray for more vocations to various committed services within the Church.
Act: Invite a young man or woman to reflect on his or her vocation to serve the Lord.
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