Daily Reflection for Friday, April 29 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 5:34-42
Responsorial: Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
Gospel: John 6:1-15
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, "Gather the fragments left over so that nothing will be wasted.”. John 6:12
Years ago, I was trying to organize a retreat for a group of believers in the Allegheny Mountains. We needed a certain minimum of people to attend to fund the travel expenses for the monks coming from out of state. We invited many people, but we were short several people, and it looked impossible for us to host the retreat. We prayed about it, but I resigned myself that the math just would not work. I gave up in defeat and could not see any way we could host the retreat. I called a meeting to discuss our situation. After praying, one of the guys reached out to another group, and many of them were interested in joining us, thus saving the retreat. It turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I remember feeling disappointed in my lack of faith but overjoyed at the retreat’s outcome. I learned that I needed to have faith and trust in the Lord.
Five barley loaves and two fish may be a meal for five people but can't feed five thousand people. I would have just given up. But Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, had enough faith in Jesus to offer those two fish and five barley loaves to Jesus. Andrew's faith in Jesus is our lesson today. Did he know what Jesus was going to do? Jesus knew.
John Paul II said, "Jesus relied not on a sufficient supply of material goods but on the boy's generosity in offering the little he had. … What human reason could not dare to hope came true in Jesus through the generous heart of a young boy.”
Jesus could have sent manna from heaven, but the lesson for us is one of stewardship: for us to give what gifts we can to build up the body of Christ.
What gifts, however meager, can I offer the Lord today?
Peace and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea