20 Apr Loaves and Fishes (John 6:9) by Rosemary Bernth
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” ~ John 6:9 (full readings)
Rosemary’s Reflections: Isn’t it amazing how a child’s offerings were able to feed over 5000 people? While the disciples thought the food too meager, Our Lord Jesus saw it as a gift of potential. The scene is similar to our day and age–some people see the unborn as a small mass of cells with nothing to offer. Some only see the negatives of an unwanted pregnancy, how it’s a burden rather than a hidden blessing. But as we have seen in today’s Gospel, the young boy offered what he has and Jesus had multiplied it over ten-fold. What seemed so small and insignificant made a difference to thousands of people! It’s like the ripple effect–a tiny drop of water expands throughout the whole pond. Every person is created in the image of God with a purpose. Although we may not be able to see what that purpose is, our faith tells us to trust in the Lord’s plan, for He will help us to prosper and grow like the loaves and fishes.
Feast Day: St. Conrad of Parzham
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/spassage/?searchacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.