Tuesday after Epiphany
Raymond of Peñafort
Psalter: Week 2
Ps 72:1–2, 3–4, 7–8
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
1st Reading: 1 Jn 4:7–10
My dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves, is born of God and knows God.
Those who do not love have not known God, for God is love.
How did the love of God appear among us? God sent his only Son into this world, that we might have life, through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that, he first loved us and sent his Son, as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Gospel: Mk 6:34–44
As Jesus went ashore, he saw a large crowd, and he had compas¬sion on them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
It was now getting late, so his disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place and it is now late. You should send the people away, and let them go to the farms and vil¬lages around here, to buy themselves something to eat.”
Jesus replied, “You, yourselves, give them something to eat.” They answered, “If we are to feed them, we need two hundred silver coins to go and buy enough bread.” But Jesus said, “You have some loaves; how many? Go and see.” The disciples found out and said, “There are five loaves and two fish.”
Then he told them to have the people sit down, together in groups, on the green grass. This they did, in groups of hundreds and fifties. And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and, raising his eyes to heaven, he pronounced a blessing, broke the loaves, and handed them to his disci¬ples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them.
They all ate and everyone had enough. 43 The disciples gathered up what was left, and filled twelve bas-kets with broken pieces of bread and fish. Five thousand men had eaten there.
Genuine concern and care demands that sometimes we have to inconvenience ourselves willingly. True and genuine sharing at some point will hurt because it does not only come from our surplus but from our very poverty itself. Thus the apostles, wanting the easy way out, requested Jesus to tell the people to fend for themselves. Their Master had the numbers to show judging from the multitude that flocked to hear Him preach. Now they could rest and let go of these people. But Jesus showed them that service does not end when the praise and accolade subside. It continues relentlessly in good times and bad. This is the real miracle in this story: the capacity to give continuously without counting the cost and without reserve.
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