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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 2, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Quite often enough we dismiss ‘God’s’ people openly or not, whose good intentions are not quite clear to us. Shouldn’t we instead discern through prayer? Thereafter if and when we see the fruits of the Holy Spirit, should we not give our support and affirm their efforts? This is what we need to do, if we are to be one in the body of Christ.

Discipleship is never going to be easy, we will meet with hardship, lack of resources, resistance, trials and sufferings. However like the Apostles when we truest in God’s providence and are willing to suffer shame for the name of Jesus we will always do so with peace and joy.

For our pilgrim journey our loving Lord feeds us of Himself, nourishes us so that we can stand strong and upright as we make our way. Great is His love for us that He gives us our daily bread in the Eucharist! Glory be to God! Amen.

FIRST READING
Acts 5:34–42

GOSPEL
John 6:1–15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. The Jewish feast of Passover was near. When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.