Posted by: livingscripture | April 28, 2017

Second Friday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

April 28, 2017

SECOND FRIDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY 

When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”   He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.  Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages* worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little [bit]. (John  6: 5-7)

How shall I live this Word?

We are still in Easter joy and Jesus gives the joy of bread to the multitude.  Faced with the hunger of so many people, Jesus confronts His disciples.  What can we do?  There are so many difficulties to sate the crowds.  Phillip and Andrew have different ways of reacting.  Phillip does not see with the eyes of faith but with the eyes of the system; he analyzes, he complains but he does not offer an alternate solution.

Andrew instead, finds a boy who has five loaves and two fish.  Both of them think: what is this for so many people?  But through faith or foolishness, they bring them to Jesus.

The grand miracle of the multiplication of the food celebrates the life given by Jesus; the boy’s generosity, Andrew’s foolishness, together with Jesus, make the Eucharist and, with Him, they offer themselves for their brothers and sisters.

Jesus, teach me to trust You.  You know what I am and what I have.  Take my life in Your hands and make me bread for others.

The Voice of Pope Francis

 Jesus reasons according to God’s logic, which is that of sharing.  How often do we turn away so as not to see the needs of others!  Looking the other way is an educated way of saying, with white gloves, fix yourselves.  This is not Jesus’ way.  This is egoism.  Instead, those few fish and loaves, shared and blessed by God, are enough for everyone.  Attention!  It is not magic; it is a sign, a sign that invites us to have faith in God, the Provident Father, who will not let us lack our ‘daily bread’, if we know how to share it like sisters and brothers. (4 agosto 2004)

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