Gospel – Luke 9:11b-17
and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close,
the Twelve approached him and said,
“Dismiss the crowd
so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions;
for we are in a deserted place here.”
He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”
They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have,
unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.”
Now the men there numbered about five thousand.
Then he said to his disciples,
“Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.”
They did so and made them all sit down.
Then taking the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing over them, broke them,
and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And when the leftover fragments were picked up,
they filled twelve wicker baskets.
Reflection on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
Luke’s gospel reminds me of the Corporal Works of Mercy. How basic a human need to be fed. I recall many nights as a child when someone would stop by unexpectedly and my Mother would simply take whatever she had prepared and divide it equally among the people at her table.
The care and concern that Jesus shows for the multitude sets this example for all of us to follow. Share what you have, no matter how little, with those who need it. Being blessed with so much it is often easy to forget those who have so little.
Mrs. Kathleen Boniello
The De La Salle School – Freeport, NY
St. John Baptist de la Salle – Pray for us
Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever.