Reflections - July 29, 2018

“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining…..”.  Jn. 6:11.
 
In the John’s Gospel, Jesus feeds more than five thousand people not counting women and children and then He ordered for the leftover to be gathered so as not to be wasted…..Jesus invites all of us who live in an environment of waste to reflect that even the scraps of bread count…remember:  not very far from us with what you and I throw away in the garbage we could feed children and elderly freeing them from death…..
 
But let us get to the point that I wished to briefly reflect on in this Gospel.
 
The first thing that struck me is Jesus’ attitude that cares “for the needs of those who followed Him”. The Lord is not beyond our material need, which is why He is first concerned that they “eat” and after their hunger is satisfied He wants to fill their “spiritual hunger” and offers them the Bread of Eternal Life.  “Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”  Jn. 53-55.  However, “ironies of life” when Jesus Christ, who fed them, wants to give them “the Bread of Eternal Life”, they then want to turn Him into a “temporary king”.  Unfortunately they had not understood the sign of the real “Bread of Life”.  But, pay attention, the same thing can happen to us. Each Sunday we eat the Bread of Life, the Eucharist, and we sometimes forget to ask the Lord in prayer “to have His same feelings”.
 
Jesus, the Bread of Life, helps us to educate our feelings.  Remember:  When the Lord educates our feelings we change our focus and serve others more.   When this does not happen we “crawl”.
 
Let us ask Christ, the Bread of Life, to sensitize us to serve others and “that everything will interest me and nothing will seem alien to me”.  That I will be interested in my family and if I am political my country, the elderly and their loneliness, the youth, the quality of life and the security in neighborhoods and, of course, my Church, evangelization, and my community.