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Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday after Epiphany of the Lord (5th January, 2016)

1Jn 4:7-10;
Ps 71:1-4.7-8. (R. cf. v. 11)
Mk 6:34-44.

Topic: Do something positive yourself.
Jesus set out to a lonely place to offer His apostles an opportunity to rest after their mission. But as he went ashore, He saw a great crowd who had gathered before their arrival from all the towns. Jesus taught them till late when His apostles came to Him with this suggestion: “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat” (Mk 6:35b-36). And Jesus said to them “You give them something to eat”. Although they could not believe their ears because they thought it would take them months to make it possible.

At Jesus’ instruction, they brought the five loaves of bread and two fishes they had. Jesus took them, blessed them, broke them, and gave them to the people. After they had eaten to their satisfaction, the apostles filled twelve baskets with the remains.

We can take a lot from today’s gospel:

Never neglect what you have. Just put it/them into use to see what God will do with them.

Appreciate whatever you have.

What you have is for the good of all, cf. 1Cor 12:7. Sharing it/them with others will make it/them multiply.

Jesus taught the people and also gave them something to eat. God wants us to put our words into action.

Let us make this world a better place.

Bible Reading: 2Cor 8:1-15.

Thought for today: Appreciate whatever you have.

Let us pray: God help us to appreciate all your gifts and to use them for the good of all – Amen.

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