Easter Wk 2nd: Friday,  Friday, 13th April,2018  (Jn 6:5-11)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

God’s Graciousness: In today’s Gospel, Jesus tested Philip, “Where can we buy some bread for these (5,000 hungry men), to eat?”  Jesus knew that He would feed everyone, through His Compassionate Divine Love.  When we are desperate and overwhelmed by trials, do we trust Jesus fully, and believe strongly that He will surely provide?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He said this only to put Philip to the test; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would not buy enough to give them a little piece each.’ 

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said, ‘Here is a small boy with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that among so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. 

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were sitting there; he then did the same with the fish, distributing as much as they wanted. 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •Sometimes, when we encounter problems in life, God puts us to the test. He does so, that we can learn to grow in faith from the experiences.

  • •In this particular situation, the problem seemed insurmountable to Philip. However, as long as we give what little we have, like what the small boy did, God will take care of the rest.

  • •God will always be there for us and He will give us infinitely more than enough graces and Love that we need.  Are you willing to “give” more to God and what are these challenges?