• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Friday, 23 July 2021 17:32

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2021

Written by Fr Bill Burt SVD

 

WHERE CAN WE BUY SOME BREAD FOR THESE PEOPLE TO EAT?

John 6:5b

[Gospel John 6:1-15, 17th Sunday B, 25th July, 2021]

 

Bill Burt 150Ted Noffs, who died in 1995, was a man very well known to Sydney-siders for more than 30 years. A Methodist/Uniting Church minister, he founded the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross in 1964, as an outreach to society’s most vulnerable people.

One Christmas, I heard a broadcast from the Wayside Chapel. During that day more than a thousand people had Christmas dinner at the Chapel. On radio, Ted talked about what has happening. Rather than use a traditional Christmas Biblical quote about the birth of Jesus, he focused on the Gospel story in today’s Mass. It’s the one usually referred to as “The Miracle of the Loaves”.

Ted wondered about the miracle. He questioned: Did Jesus literally take little pieces of bread and fish and multiply them, so as to provide food for thousands? Or was the miracle different, involving a change of heart? When the wonderful example of the little boy who gave what he had to Jesus, in order that it be shared with others, did others among them who saw this and had also brought food felt drawn to share too? In doing so, there turned-out to be more than enough for everyone?

He said that this was happening as he spoke at the Chapel: More and more people came to eat, but more and more other people brought food. There was more than enough for everyone. A miracle!

Of course, we don’t know exactly what happened 2000 years ago  near the Sea of Galilee, when today’s Gospel story took place. We are told that, “Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were sitting there; then he did the same with the fish, distributing as much as they wanted.” (John 6:11).

However, we do know how much importance Jesus placed on giving and sharing. All of us, as followers Jesus, are called to be givers and sharers. This is at the heart of the mission that is a gift from God for us to share. How we live-out this calling does, of course, depend on our individual circumstances.

Surely it’s significant, too, that in the Gospel it’s said that, “Jesus gave thanks.” Gratitude  is another vital element of Jesus’ teaching ...  Giving, sharing, with a sense of gratitude, which comes from the acknowledgment of the blessings we receive.

Jesus asked his close friends, “Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?” A miracle took place. Since then, Jesus’ close friends have continued to work miracles, bringing to people what they need.

Let’s allow the beautiful story of “The Miracle of the Loaves” to touch are hearts. May we be encouraged to always be people who give and share, with a sense of deep gratitude.

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