The precursor to Jesus’ miracle of the loaves and fish was a boy who had five barley loaves and two fish; we cannot speak of this miracle without him. The boy was generous to give what was for him alone, he did not mind if he will get hungry; he just gave his food for others to eat.
Out of the selfless heart of the boy, Jesus miraculously multiplied the food and they were able to feed the five thousand plus hungry followers. And they still have some more to gather and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments.
We see here the enormous benefit of selfless sharing; sometimes we don’t share because we think that what we have is only enough for us. However, if we will learn to share we will also notice that what we share comes back to us a hundredfold. It is already immaterial how big or small the food that we share what is important is we are very much willing to share whatever blessing that we have.
There are similarities in the institution of the Eucharist and this miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. Jesus instituted the Eucharist in remembrance of the Passover meal and coincidentally Jesus did this miracle of the loaves when the Passover feast was near. Jesus also took the loaves and gave thanks and distributed it to them. These are actions that He did during the Institution of the Eucharist.
Why did Jesus tested Philip? Because Philip had a shaky faith, he was with Jesus all along witnessing His miracles and all. Yet he was still doubtful that’s why Jesus tested him. Are we not like Philip once in a while? We are impatient sometimes and we doubt if Jesus will grant our dreams. If only we know that the period when we think that Jesus has already abandoned us is just His design to test us. Let us be patient and wait, let us pursue and not give-up on our visions. In time this testing period of Jesus on us will be over and He will eventually help us achieve what we want.
After doing the miracles of the loaves and after having so much fragments leftover. Naturally the crowds were amazed. Who would not be? So it’s time now to hail and exalt Jesus with praises. But Jesus would have none of it. True to his humility and self-effacing character He simply walked away to the mountain to be alone perhaps to pray and thank God for the blessing of the miracle of the loaves.
In this occurrence we see how different is Jesus from us, we love it when we are being honored, praised for the things that we do. We are tickled pink by it and our ears flap in agreement, often times we don’t do things without people noticing us. We want people to see what we do and we want them to praise us (like politicians and public officials). Let us all wake-up from this selfish and useless attitude for this is the mind-set of the world.
By His actions Jesus shows us valuable lessons on true sharing and true humility. ....