Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, May 2, 2014

My Reflection for Friday May 2, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, John 6:1-15

Gospel: John 6:1-15
1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber'i-as. 2 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, would do. 7 Jesus said to Philip, "How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?" 6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little." 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?" 10 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. 11 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. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost." 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!" 15 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.
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Reflection:
Do we follow Jesus with reckless abandon? This means that we follow Jesus without minding our own personal wellbeing. What is important for us is we’re able to follow Jesus whatever it may cost us.

In the gospel for today, the massive crowd who were following Jesus were following Him because of His miracles and healing. In the process their attention was totally fixated on Jesus they never cared anymore if they have money. They never cared anymore if they have food what was important to them is they are able to follow Jesus.

So they followed Jesus without considering their own well being. And Jesus knew about their situation that’s why He feed them (Five thousand of them all).

If we truly desire to follow Jesus let us follow Him with all of our hearts and minds. Let us solely fixate and focus our attention to Him alone. Let us forget about anything that would only make us sin. Once we are able to do this we will see how the good Lord will provide for us and how He will straighten our crooked lives.

If He feed the five thousand in the gospel with five barley loaves and two fish.  He surely will also give us our daily bread. He only asks of one thing and that is to solely focus and fixate our attention on Himself alone. Let us therefore leave behind our sinful lives and follow Jesus from here-on. 

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