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Give Them Some Food


Reflection on Mass Reading for January 8, 2019

“He said to them in reply, ‘Give them some food yourselves.’” It is perhaps some of the greatest Scriptural advice we can receive in this brave new year which we have been presented in the Readings today when we are invited to look around our lives and see those who are in need and who are literally calling out for help and sustenance. “Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all.” The Lord’s promise to each and every one of us today is complete with His desire that all be fed and all be comforted. His wonderful invitation also includes a personal guarantee: I will be there among you when you act in my name. 

All this is predicated and dependent on one simple but extraordinary aspect: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.” Love is everything. It is what drove the Son of man from heaven to earth to suffer, die and rise on the third day for all our sins. It is what moves the wheels of history and our own lives to the great, bright promise of immortality. We are hence convinced and motivated by the truth that we all have a mission and the power from the Holy Spirit to accomplish it: “The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim liberty to captives.” Today and every day we will encounter the large field of life filled with opportunities to serve and be the light of Christ to others. This is how we feed each other. Let us all be that “movable feast” for others to meet the Lord Jesus. 

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. St. Teresa of Calcutta

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