FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 16, 2021
EASTER FRIDAY 2
WORD of the DAY
Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. The Jewish feast of Passover was near. When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because He Himself knew what He was going to do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” (John 6: 1-15)
How shall I live this Word?
There are five thousand families present. With two hundred denarii, the equivalent of two hundred days of work, it would be barely possible to give them the necessary to satisfy their hunger, so Philip is right. The boy makes the naive and disarming gesture of the adolescent smile as he offers Jesus his snack. What will He ever be able to do with so little? Yet Jesus prefers the boy’s foolish initiative to the apostle’s studied analysis because the boy leaves room for God’s imagination, because he knows that he is dealing with the eternal unprecedented Teacher. Because he knows that there is a dimension that eludes us, which goes beyond our correct statistics. John is the only evangelist to tell us that the famous few loaves and fishes that will feed the crowd come from a boy who becomes the model of our pastoral action, of our daily faith.
Lord Jesus, enable us to put into play the little we have by making our own the folly of trust that helps us to enter the dream that the Father continues to dream for each of us, regardless.
The Voice of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Pray as if everything depended on God. Work as if everything depended on you.
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