May the peace of the Lord be with you and your families this 17th Week in Ordinary Time!
We read in Sunday’s Gospel Reading: “ 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 good are these for so many?’” (John 6:8-9)
Andrew, the Apostle who had told his brother Simon (soon to be called “Peter”) about Jesus, had exclaimed “we have found the messiah!” (John 1:41). By this verse in the Gospel of John he is now the one with little faith. As the crowds grew hungry, the Lord instructed his disciples to feed the people. The disciples didn’t believe that they could possibly feed all those people. They couldn’t, they wouldn’t have believed it. Andrew speaks up and points out the boy with five barley loaves and two fish.
Perhaps at that moment Andrew was ready to take a leap of faith and believe that if he himself couldn’t feed the people, then maybe the Lord could. But he didn’t take that leap. Hs doubt got the better him: “but what good is that?” he asks. Nevertheless, the Lord “took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them...” (Jn 6:11). All who were reclining ate and were full. From five loaves and two fish! Our Lord worked a miracle.
The Lord took five barely loaves, which is poor, humble bread, and two measly fish, and turned it into a rich banquet. It was not a king, nor a rich person, nor a warrior, nor any powerful person who brought the loaves, but a humble boy, who had come to hear Jesus teach. The Lord can take what little we give him, and transform it into something even greater.
On Sundays, we present to the Lord simple unleavened bread and wine, and these become for us His Body and Blood. He is always taking the humblest things and making them great. Sunlight, water, and soil produce fruit of the vine. That fruit becomes wine. He turns that Wine into Blood, and Blood into our Salvation.
Give what little faith and trust you think have to the Lord, and “he will answer all your needs.” (c.f. Responsorial Psalm)
May God bless you all this week, Rev. Robert Letona
First Friday Mass in the Extraordinary Form:
August 3rd at 8:00 am followed by Adoration and Benediction