25 Jul Sun, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

7/24/2021 3:26:45 PM
2 Kgs. 4:42-44 / Ps. 144:10-11,15-16,17-18 / Eph. 4:1-6 / Jn. 6:1-15 (Ps Wk I)

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"The Lord will provide". This is the key message that runs across the scripture readings today. The first reading describes the prophet Elisha's trust in God, for he believes that God will provide enough food for a hundred men gathered at the place. He also knows that there will be sufficient food and that the people "will eat and have some leftover".

In the gospel passage, Jesus feels compassion for the people and wants to feed them. The disciples, however, are not so confident. They point out that they do not have enough money, or even if there is food available, it would not be enough to feed the more than five thousand people gathered at the place. Jesus, however, trusts his Father. He prays and gives thanks to the Father and miraculously multiples and provides food for the people. Not only is there enough food for everyone. There are leftovers which, when collected, filled twelve baskets.

The followers of Elisha and Jesus did not have the confidence that there will be sufficient food for those gathered around them. In other words, they lacked faith that God will provide for their needs. This is a natural human response in the face of an "impossible" situation. How do we provide for so many when we do not have enough? But, with God, there is nothing impossible if we trust in Him. If God can give food to all creatures in due time, surely, He can and will provide for the needs of His people.

Lord, I believe that what is impossible for us is possible for You.   

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7月25日 ( 日 ) 常年期第十七主日

列王紀下 4:42-44 
聖詠 145:10-11,15-16,17-18
厄弗所書 4:1-6
若望福音 6:1-15

有首英文歌叫「五餅二魚」,有段歌詞大意是說一位青年在上學途中,遇到成千上萬的人在聽耶穌講道,便被吸引坐下來。到了晚上,青年看到群眾都餓了,再看看自己飯盒裏僅有的五餅二魚,感到無所適從。當他看到耶穌閃爍的眼神和善良的微笑,便以孩子般的信賴向耶穌喊說:「這是我的五餅二魚,請按祢的旨意承行吧!我完全降服於祢!也請祢接納我的害怕、苦惱和渴望,祢自會照料我們所有人。」

當年耶穌顯行五餅二魚奇蹟的地方,現今建了一座小聖堂,聖堂裏有副五餅二魚馬賽克。細看會發現,畫中有的是「四餅二魚」。原來,第五塊餅是在祭台上!每次獻祭,參禮的每一個人,都是五餅二魚的餅和魚。那青年開放自己,獻上他的五餅二魚和渴望,以一顆孩子的心,完全信賴、降服於主。耶穌「拿起,祝福了,擘開,遞給門徒,門徒再分給群眾……」。結果,大家共享愛的奇蹟。

主耶穌,我信賴祢。

(theology.org.hk)
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