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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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Reflection for January 5, Tuesday after Epiphany; Mark 6:34-44

Gospel: Mark 6:34-44
When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?” He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.” So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties. Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.
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Reflection:
Do you believe that Jesus can make the impossible possible? The disciples who were with Jesus in the gospel did not believe that Jesus can make the impossible possible. The disciples were worried that the vast crowd who were following Jesus would go hungry. So they want Jesus to dismiss the vast crowd for it was already getting late.

Yet, Jesus made the impossible possible, He fed the five thousand men and those who were with them. He fed them all and there were many more loaves and fish which they were not able to consume.

The disciples who were with Jesus during that time forgot the enormous power of Jesus. They were unable to remember that Jesus could make all things possible. Why did the disciples suddenly failed to remember the power of Jesus? Because they allowed themselves to be overwhelmed by the enormous number of people that were in front of them.     

What does this miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish tell you? It tells you that miracles are always possible with Jesus. It tells you that the impossible is always possible for Jesus. It tells you that there’s always a miracle waiting to happen for you if you would believe in the power of Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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