Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. July 29th, 2012.


There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what is that between so many?’ (John 6)   Philip was thinking that eight months’ wages wouldn’t be enough to feed so many people. Andrew thought that the small boy’s lunch wouldn’t go very far, either,- he was probably embarrassed he ever mentioned it. But Jesus knew best. What one small boy had, and what one small boy handed over to this stranger, this Jesus, was enough to feed thousands, and to have baskets and baskets left over. It was Jesus who did the feeding, not the boy, and not the disciples, in John’s account. But it was the boy’s lunch that he used. He didn’t create something out of thin air,- he used what was let go to him, five wee loaves or baps, and two small fish, fresh out of the lake.

The boy gave Jesus all he had,- not much, but all. And if we, each on of us, give whatever we have, not much but still our all, Jesus will feed the world in ways we could not even dream of.

In the words of a wonderful old prayer: ‘All for you, my Lord! O my Jesus, all for you!’     All.   If you want to find all, give all, and then you will find all.

It’s our call!

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.


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