17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Gospel: John 6: 1 – 15
Do you know the good news for today? Not only can you have enough to eat and live, you can also have more than enough to give to others! Moreover, the food we eat will last a lifetime till eternal life!
The food is Jesus. The multiplication of the loaves is the Eucharist. And the recipients of this food are the men and women of every generation, now our own. The promise is grace and blessing. The fruit is everlasting life. The gift is service and offering. The promises of this Sunday gospel are endless.
This is the promise of our faith, that as we receive our Eucharist, our daily bread from heaven, we are made strong and are sustained until we reach heaven. And we are saved by the body and blood of the Lord.
But the world continues to suffer, slowly dying of hunger and pain. There is a lack of compassion everywhere. Greed rules the world. Pray then for a multiplication of the loaves. Pray to do as Jesus did that multiplied the loaves and fish.
Pray to give ourselves as gifts. If we don’t offer ourselves, Jesus will not bless anything.
Pray to offer to God as Jesus did. Let us lift everything to the Lord to sanctify our daily offerings and let him take over and convert our daily gifts of sacrifices into his own.
Be strong to break the bread. Let’s be ready to break lives, not preserve them for ourselves. Remember, preserve yourself and only you live. But be broken and let life flow to others and both you and others live.
Finally, share. This is the secret of life for all. All people share, both rich and poor. We are not so poor as to have nothing to give, and so rich as to have nothing to receive. It is in sharing that we see life abound. This is what Jesus did. Let us multiply what he did through our lives! Remember, we only have one life to live so use it for others.