This is an excerpt from Pope Francis' homily from yesterday:
The Gospel tells the story of the miracle of the loaves (Luke
9:11-17). I want to focus on one aspect that always strikes me and makes
me think. We are on the shore of Lake Galilee, the evening draws near,
Jesus cares for the people who have been with him for so many hours:
there are thousands of them, and they are hungry. What to do? The
disciples are discussing the problem, and they say to Jesus, “Dismiss
the crowd” so that they can go into the neighboring villages to find
food. But Jesus says, “Give them some food yourselves” (v. 13). The
disciples are unsettled, and they respond, “Five loaves and two fish are
all we have,” as if to say: just enough for ourselves.
Jesus knows very well what to do, but wants to involve his disciples,
He wants to teach them. The attitude of the disciples is human
attitude, an attitude that seeks the most realistic solution, a solution
that does not create too many problems: Dismiss the crowd – they say –
let each one arrange what he can for himself; for the rest, you have already done so much for them: you preached, you healed the sick…Dimiss the crowd!
Jesus’ attitude is completely different, and is dictated by His union
with the Father and compassion for the people, the compassion Jesus has
for all of us: Jesus feels our problems, feels our failings, feels our
needs. Before those five loaves, Jesus thinks: here is providence! From
this tiny amount, God can bring forth what is necessary for everyone.
Jesus trusts completely in the heavenly Father, He knows that in Him all
things are possible. So he tells the disciples to have the people sit
down in groups of fifty – this is not accidental: this means that they
are no longer a crowd, but they become communities, nourished by the
bread of God. Then He takes the loaves and fishes, raises His eyes to
heaven, says the blessing – the reference to the Eucharist is clear –
and then He breaks them and begins to give them to the disciples, and
the disciples distribute them… and bread and fish do not do not run out!
This is the miracle: more than a multiplication it is a sharing,
animated by faith and prayer. They all ate and some was left over: it is
the sign of Jesus, the bread of God for humanity.
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