Scripture Reading: John 6:1-15
There are three points to be considered here for our reflection and daily Christian living:
First, Jesus takes care of us in all our needs – both body and soul. Hence, His love and care for us are integral, whole and complete. This is why in today’s account; Jesus did not want to dismiss the hungry crowd on an empty stomach in a deserted place. Instead, out of compassion, he attended to his peoples’ hunger, materially and spiritually. This is the best reminder for all of us who are ministers of the word: “Never preach on an empty stomach,”or “You cannot preach love on an empty stomach”,as the popular saying goes.
Second, a miracle is not God working for us; it is God working with us. Expectant faith, therefore, does not make us fold our hands doing nothing looking into heaven while waiting for miracles to come. Rather it spurs us on to make our best, if not greatest possible contributions, our efforts, cooperation, generosity, five loaves and two fish, knowing that without them, though how humble and inadequate they were, there would be no miracle.
Third, miracle aids conversion, faith and discipleship. It is said that “the world is so poor for everybody’s greed but so rich for everybody’s need.”
Brethren, it is estimated that 840 million out of 6.2 billion (August 16, 2002 estimate, US Census Bureau) in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition (World Hunger, do you know the facts?). About 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes. This is down from 35,000 ten years ago, and 41,000 twenty years ago. Three-fourth of t he deaths are children under the ages of five. Famine and wars cause about 10% of hunger deaths, although these tend to be the ones you hear about often. Majority of hunger deaths are caused by chronic malnutrition whose cause is poverty. And the root cause of poverty is sin in the forms of injustice, greed and selfishness.
Let us users and members of the DSD family be transformed by Jesus from being greedy to generous; from being selfish to selfless; from being close and indifferent, to being sensitive and responsive to the needs of the people around us (Romans. 12:2-3).
This is what the world needs now. The miracle of sharing, giving, caring and loving. With this, the world would be a better place to live in.
2Kgs 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11.15-16.17-18(R.16) Eph 4:1-6; Accl Lk 7:16; GospJn 6:1-15 SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (B)
- Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve You as You deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to look for any reward, save that of knowing that I do Your holy will.
- Take the “Prayer to St. Augustine” in DSD Section A.
Exercise: AS a DSD family in your parish/area discuss how to supply food to some poor families around you.
Meditation: John 6:9-11