There are times we feel inadequate to help others considering the little that we have. We shrink when we’re asked to help, thinking that what we have isn’t enough. Some are like that because they want to ensure that they won’t run out of provisions for themselves and their families.
In today’s Gospel (Mt. 14: 13-21), Jesus said to His disciples:
“There is no need for them to go away;give them some food yourselves.”
The disciples were worried because they were “in a deserted place and it’s already late”. They also asked Jesus, “Dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
Too often when there are donations or gifts to be received, the immediate human reaction is to think first for one’s own before others. I have seen this reaction to be true not only among the materially poor but even amongst those we consider socially as rich.
And yet Jesus reaction to His disciples was to ask that the five loaves and two fishes to be brought to Him, even with His disciples’ protestations that these are “all we have here”.
The result: those who ate were “about five thousand men, not counting the women and children.”
Earlier in the Gospel, we note that the Lord was in sorrow over the death of John the Baptist, His cousin. It was a gruesome death as John was beheaded on orders of Herod the tetrarch. That’s why Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by Himself. Despite this sorrow, when the Lord disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
His heart was moved with pity for them, and He cured their sick. The Lord Jesus Christ showed the example that when called to help, we should. Regardless of the situation we are in, our help is needed by someone, somewhere, even if how difficult we think the situation is for us. “Give, but give until it hurts.”, St. Teresa of Calcutta said it succinctly. When we ask God to transform what little we have, we can be assured that His awesome power will convert it into something beautiful and bountiful for everyone to share.
God has proved time and again that He can transform these little things into something big for the world. The Lord is telling us that we must trust Him with our day-to-day life, as He will use it mightily to help others as well. We may not immediately realize it but what we sow in helping others will certainly yield a good and bountiful harvest.Regardless of our situation, we should not hesitate to be grateful to the Almighty and the best way to show this gratitude is to share what we have with others, especially in this time of the pandemic.
Today, let us reflect on the offerings we give to God and to His Church. No matter how small, when we share, it shouldn’t be just a onetime thing, it should be done regularly and consistently.
Let us pray that the Lord guide us in making our actions to be significant and meaningful for others especially in need. We pray that we give Him all that we have: our thoughts, our intentions, our prayers and our actions.
“The hand of the Lord feeds us; He answers all our needs.” (cf. Ps. 145: 16)