John 6: 1-15
After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. When he got to the other side, he climbed a hill and sat down, surrounded by his disciples. It was nearly time for the Feast of Passover, kept annually by the Jews.
When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.”
One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.”
Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted.
When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves.
The people realized that God was at work among them in what Jesus had just done. They said, “This is the Prophet for sure, God’s Prophet right here in Galilee!” Jesus saw that in their enthusiasm, they were about to grab him and make him king, so he slipped off and went back up the mountain to be by himself.
When we feel lost in the crowd, remind us that you love us and you are with us.
Remind us to love each other and to share your love among all of us.
We all follow God together as a group, a congregation of Catholics. And all of us that follow God, always yearn for the love of God.
God tells us that he loves all of us, however when we're part of our group, it can be hard for us to believe that God loves all of us. How can God love me among all these people?
In this Scripture, we see the people following Jesus, listening to his teachings and watching him perform miracles. After a while, it was time to rest and to eat. Jesus knew that he could feed the large crowd with food to spare.
We can say the same with God's love. God shares his love among us, just as Jesus shared out the 5 loaves and 2 fish between the gathered crowd. Even though there were so many, everyone took their fill and was satisfied, just as we ask God for his love and take our fill. And once we take our fill there is always some left over to share with the other people around us.
Jonny Dearden - Salesian Media Volunteer