This Sunday’s Gospel is a well known one where Jesus multiplies the 5 loaves and 2 fishes for about five thousand people to eat.
The homilist reminds us that whenever Jesus unveils a miracle, it is for a deeper meaning than what you see on the surface.
Jesus not a social worker.
He wasn’t there to just make bread enough for everyone to have a meal.
But that’s what most of them saw, for at the end of the passage it says, the people having seen the miracle, said “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”
Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Jesus calls for conversion.
To see what our lives are truly meant to be. To repent of our sins and start living life anew in the way He has taught.
This miracle also prefigures the Sacrament of the Eucharist which we Catholics hold dear.
Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
This was almost logistically the same as what we do in Church during mass. The priest in-persona Christi, gives out the hosts to other priests or communion ministers, and they, in turn give it out to the congregation.
So we are taught today to transform our lives, just as the 5 loaves and 2 fishes are transformed. To begin anew, and to draw strength from the Eucharist.
This will be food for our journey.