| Message of the Parish
Jesus, Bread of life
In front of a large hungry crowd, Jesus asked Philip: "Where can we buy bread so that these may have food?" (Jn 6, 5). Jesus [God] sees the needs of humanity, its natural, immediate needs: that they have to eat, their daily bread.
Jesus receives two answers. Philip: “Six months’ wages are not even enough to provide bread for each of them to get a little”. Andrew: “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many people?" (Jn 6: 7. 9). Philip's reaction shows the importance of great human problems, "hunger", "justice", "peace", ... What can we do? Very little. They tower over us. We are invited to do like that little boy who has very little ... but who offers what little he has! The Master does not ask us what we do not have; but he shows us that if everyone offers what he has, the miracle of sharing can be accomplished, which is enough to satiate everyone. A little boy shares what little he has. The event is extraordinary, but respects the order of things: the multiplication of the loaves is not produced starting from nothing, but from the first, modest sharing of what a child had in his saddlebag. Whoever wants to be a blessing for others must bring to Jesus what he possesses. And everyone has enough food; indeed, it advances a lot!
I have very little to give you, Lord Jesus:
"Five barley loaves and two fish".
I have so little to give you,
but I believe that you are waiting for me
a gesture of sharing, a gesture of friendship,
from the bottom of my heart.
I believe your grace can manifest itself
through hands that open.
Then allow me to bring you the little I have:
the five barley loaves,
the two fish that you want to multiply.
You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Fr. Camille Jacques, OSM