A Gospel Reflection
by Father Livingstone
Friday, April 24th,
2nd Week of Easter
Revised New English Bible
Some time later Jesus withdrew to the farther shore of the sea of Galilee or Tiberias and a large crowd of people followed him because they had seen the signs he performed in healing the sick. Jesus went up the hillside and sat down with his disciples. It was near the time of Passover, the great Jewish festival. Looking up and seeing a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to test him; Jesus himself knew what he meant to do. Philip replied, “We would need two hundred denarii to buy enough bread for each of them to have a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that among so many?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there, so the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to the people as they sat there. He did the same with the fish, and they had as much as they wanted. When everyone had had enough, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the pieces left over, so that nothing is wasted.” They gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that were left uneaten, When the people saw the sign Jesus had performed, the word went round “Surely this must be the Prophet who was to come into the world.”
Meditation: What is the significance of this miracle? God gives us more than we need so that we may have enough to share with others especially those who are in need.
Hope this finds you well and keep safe.