Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Second Week of Easter (28th April, 2017) on the Gospel
Acts 5:34-42;Ps 26:1.4.13-14 (R. cf. v. 4);
Topic: Show of affluence.
Today’s gospel passage is one of well-known passages in the bible, the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus asked Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” Philip replied in his innocence, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” However, Andrew intervened, “There is a boy here who has five barely loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?”
Jesus asked the people to sit down. He then took the loaves, after giving thanks shared them to the people. He did the same thing to the fish. When the people are satisfied, Jesus said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” They filled 12 baskets with the fragments.
We can learn a lot of things from this passage but we will highlight just two. Imagine one with only about 1000 dollars facing a problem that requires 100000 dollars. Giving thanks to God might be the last thing one will expect to find in his/her head. Jesus with five barely loaves and two fish before five thousand people first gave thanks to God. We ought to give thanks to God always and for everything, cf. Eph 5:20.
Jesus who can bring anything into existence out of nothing asked His disciples to avoid waste. Sometimes some think that they have surplus of something but God has never given anything in surplus to anybody. The problem is that some keep back others’ shares, cf. Ex 16:18; 2Cor 8:15. What we suffer today is not poverty but lack of knowledge, cf. Hos 4:6. True show of affluence is in transforming lives and not in wasting wealth as many do today thereby making others’ suffer. Just as the 12 baskets would feed so many more people, what we waste today can eradicate poverty in the world. God promised us a land in which we will lack nothing, cf. Deut 8:7-10; Ps 34:10. Let’s make it happen.
Bible Reading: Is 58:1-14; 2Cor 8:1-15.
Thought for today: Do not keep another’s share.
Let us pray: Lord, bless us with wisdom to know that all your gifts are meant for everybody – Amen.
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