“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” In asking this question Jesus is teasing and testing Philip. Jesus already knew what he was going to do. There were no supermarkets, no Sam’s or Costco’s near the Sea of Galilee to buy food to feed five thousand men, never mind women and children. They also did not have the money to buy food for that many people. All they had was a boy with five barley loaves and two fish. What good are these for so many? Jesus simply says, “Have the people recline.” He then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to the people, also as much fish as they wanted. When they had their fill, they collected twelve baskets of leftovers. The people marveled at this saying, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
You see, when God blesses something, it multiplies and there is more than enough for everyone. There even will be some left over. When God blesses even our somewhat meager sharing, it multiplies and there’s more than enough to go around. When we are willing to share the little we have, God will bless it, multiply it and there even will be plenty left over.
Elisha, the man of God knew that in today’s first reading from the second book of Kings. He knew that if God blessed the twenty barley loaves, there would be enough to feed a hundred people. Twice he tells the man, “Give it to the people to eat. For thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over. And when they had eaten, there was some left over, as the Lord had said.’ The psalmist knew that in today responsorial psalm 145 when he sang “The hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs.” St. Paul in today’s second reading from Ephesians knew that, even though he was in prison, the Risen Lord was blessing him and that everything was going to work our ok, because he had faith in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When God blesses it, everything is going to work out. When God blesses it, it multiplies, there’s more than enough for everyone and there even will be some leftover.
The Word of God today challenges us to be like the boy in today’s Gospel who was willing to share his bread and fish with Jesus. God calls us to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure with others. The Word challenges us to ask God to bless the gifts he has given us, to multiply them, so that they can enrich the lives of others and bring glory to God’s name. In a few minutes, the Lord will bless our meager gifts of bread and wine, he will transform them into his Body and Blood and then he will give himself to us in Holy Communion to nourish and strengthen our Christian life. May his Body and Blood transform us into his more faithful and generous disciples.
Lord we thank you for blessing us with your many gifts. We ask you to multiply those gifts so that we can share them with our brothers and sisters. Grant that your body and blood in Holy Communion will transform us and strengthen us to be your faithful disciples. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.