Monday, January 05, 2009
TUESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
TUESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY – YEAR I
1 JOHN 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who
loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does
not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was
revealed to us: God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that
we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have
loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our
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.
What is touching in today's Gospel is Jesus saying," Give them
something to eat yourselves." The Lord is not insensitive to the
human needs of the people. He understands what we need and when we
need it. We should share this confidence and certainty that the Lord
never abandons us. In our impatience, we easily doubt and wonder if
the Lord loves or even remembers us. But His love is indeed
In today's reading, even when it seemed that there was not enough
food, using the eyes of faith, we later realize that it was enough.
Not only was it more than enough, it was abundant. The Lord is not
stingy nor "kuripot" with his graces. Sometimes are impatient; we
cannot wait or believe that the Lord will provide. He can multiply
our little faith when we realize that Christ is Lord and Kyrios over
The feeding of the people and their division into groups is a
prophetic vision and image of the Eucharist; we are fed with the bread
and wine, fruit of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When
we partake of this food from Heaven, we will hunger and thirst no
more. This is the ultimate proof and gift of God's love and
providence for us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Christy Chin
- Fr Pat Umberger
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lilia Serrano
- Fr. Michael Kelly
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Anna Ting
- Birthday: Rev. Fr. Dennis Paez, SDB
- Birthday: Margarita K. Lozano
- In Memoriam (+): Dionisio C. So
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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