Just a little can do so much!
These next few Sundays will focus on the different aspects of a central mystery of our faith: the Eucharist. John’s Gospel is very dense and always has many layers of teaching and so it is with Chapter 6 of his Gospel.
One of the obvious meanings of today’s Gospel is that with the Lord we can do so much with so little. Thousands are fed with a little bread and a few fish. Even the Apostles thought it was impossible so they were ready to give up. But, they didn’t give up. We shouldn’t give up either!
The Eucharist is God’s response to the great hunger of humanity: spiritual, emotional and physical hunger. The Lord is one with us. He feeds us and then calls us to feed others; to be a Eucharistic community. The Lord believes in us as he did in his Apostles and is encouraging us to show solidarity with those who hunger in any way.
Sometimes we too think that the need is so great that an adequate response is impossible. The temptation is then to do nothing.
The Lord today shows us that just a little can do so much. The solidarity that each of us offers to those who hunger is the beginning of overcoming the indifference that feeds injustice.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC