Where Shall We Find the Power

Jul 24, 2018

Gospel Reflection,
2 Kings 4: 42-44; Ephesians 4: 1-6; John 6: 1-15

Where Shall We Find the Power 

The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes is found in all four gospels.  This speaks to how impressive this event was in Jesus’ life.  He abundantly satisfied the hunger of a very large crowd, who had with them nothing (or not enough) to eat, with just a few loaves of bread, so that in the end there were still several baskets full of bread left over.  Why do all four evangelists tell this story?  Certainly because it was very striking and made a great impression on the people.  Why did Jesus perform the miracle?  John says that Jesus “knew what he would do”.  What caused him to do it?  What is the message of this extraordinary event?

Certainly, we know from the testimony of the four evangelists that Jesus was moved with the quite simple concern that the people have enough to eat.  He did not look away when he saw people suffering.  He did not always turn all troubles away from people, but he himself never turned away from those in trouble. 

And his will is that it should be no different for us and it was no different for his disciples.  That is why he tested them.  He challenged them to help, and when they said, “You are asking us to do the impossible”, then he showed them, “If you trust in me, then you will achieve incredible things, far beyond your own powers.”  Since then, many people have discovered for themselves the miracle of the way that our powers are multiplied if with God’s help we put them at the service of dealing with other people’s troubles.

Can we trust in this miracle?  Can we hear and act on the call to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty, believing that we can make a difference?  Our trust is worth everything to God.

Father Tony