Friday of the Second Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

April 24, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr (1577-1622)

Acts of the Apostles 5:34-42

Psalm 27

John 6:1-15

 

Today’s Gospel narrative is the familiar story of the feeding of the multitude.  The large crowd gathered to hear Jesus speak – no doubt they were hungry – for the Word of God.  The disciples wanted to send them away at the end of the day because they didn’t have the money to feed them.  We all know what happens next – a miracle.  But John does not use the word “miracle” in his Gospel.  He uses the word “sign.”

If a “miracle” is an extraordinary event believed to be caused by God’s power, then, to me, the word “miracle” has a much broader definition than walking on water, or healing the sick, or feeding thousands of people with five loaves and two fish.

We must look at our own lives and be continually amazed at the power of God as we count every blessing as a miracle.  Our family and friends = a miracle; our freedom to worship God as we do = a miracle; receiving Jesus in the Eucharist = a miracle.

When we are on the receiving end of a miracle, what is our reaction?  Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks.  There is no greater example than Jesus Himself.  He knew the power of the Father, and immediately gave Him the thanks He rightfully deserved. 

The feeding of the five-thousand shows the remarkable generosity of God and His great kindness towards us.  When God gives, He gives abundantly.  He gives more than we need for ourselves that we may have something to share with others, especially the poor.

May we all look forward to the net miracle in our lives and give thanks and praise to God for making it so.

Question of the Day:  Can you imagine our world if we could see and appreciate all of the “mini miracles” in our lives – every day?

Prayer:

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic. 

Prosit 

 

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