Grant that we may follow your example and give abundantly to others.

The opposition to the Good News described in today’s reading continues in our world, in many societies, institutions and personal lives. Opposition is foolish, for the Resurrection is God’s work of love for a new creation.

Yet we can divide our lives into multiple paths and while faithful in many, we still cultivate one or more through which our pride is so great as to oppose the life-giving nature of the Lord’s way. When we are tempted to fight against God, listen to what Gamaliel said when he warned the Sanhedrin:

“. . . if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy
itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”

Gamaliel, was a Pharisee and celebrated scholar of the Mosaic Law. Citing past revolts, he advised his fellow members of the Sanhedrin not to put Peter and the other apostles to death, simply for preaching the gospel. Sometimes Christ directs the worldly-wise to restrain our persecutors. The apostles were teaching the truth about the resurrection of Christ. This is exactly what should be our constant business, today: teach all the lessons we have learned about Christ! Christ crucified! Christ glorified! Whatever our station in life, we should seek to make Christ known and glorify His Name! We can also spend some moments reflecting on the remarkable state of mind of Peter and the apostles who rejoiced “that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.”

In the Gospel, a small boy gave Jesus five small barley loaves and two small fish and Jesus fed five thousand men; not including women and children and there were twelve baskets of left over pieces. Jesus is Mighty to save and Strong to Provide. No matter how meager are your resources; God will provide. The boy with five barley loaves and two fish became the instrument of God’s mercy as he gave it up to Jesus and becomes our companion.
Sharing seems so un-miraculous at first look, but if we shared and fed the entire world’s poor and hungry – wouldn’t that be a miracle? I used to easily discount the possibility of sharing being “Miracle” because it just seemed so un-miraculous. But what would be the greater miracle – the transformation of loaves of bread or the transformation of selfish hearts?

Lord, as you fed the five thousand, so too do you recognize our hunger and provide for us generously. Grant that we may follow your example and give abundantly to others.

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