Thursday, April 27, 2017
FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
April 28, 2017 – FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr /
St. Louise-Marie Grignion de Montfort
Priest and Religious Founder
Acts 5: 34 - 42 / Jn 6: 1 – 15
St. Peter Chanel (1803 -1841), a French priest of the Society of Mary (Marists) was the Apostle to Oceania and its first martyr.
St. Louise-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673- 1716), born in Brittany, a great preacher and missionary with a great devotion to our Lady and the Rosary, founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests), the Congregation of Daughters of Divine Wisdom (women devoted to the poor) and the Brothers of St. Gabriel.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 6: 1 - 3, 5- 13
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, near Tiberias; and large crowds followed him because of the miraculous signs they saw when he healed the sick. So he went up into the hills and sat down there with his disciples....
Then lifting up his eyes, Jesus saw the crowds that were coming to him and said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread so that these people may eat?" He said this to test Philip, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Two hundred silver coins would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a piece."
Then one of Jesus' disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?"
Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." There was plenty of grass there so the people, about five thousand men, sat down to rest. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish and gave them as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten, he told his disciples, "Gather up the pieces left over; that nothing may be lost."
So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with bread, that is with pieces of the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.
Despite having seen so many wonderful things Jesus had done- healing the sick, expelling demons, bringing the dead back to life, Philip could not see how five thousand people could be fed in a deserted place.
Faced with problems, we often worry much and do not look at possible opportunities. Our idea of the possible is of course limited by our own experiences in our daily lives. Philip failed to imagine what the miracle-worker Jesus could do in such a difficult situation.
Jesus fed five thousand people with five barley loaves and two fish, with twelve baskets filled with left-overs. The miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes looked forward to the daily miracle of the Eucharist; it also showed God's abundant generosity.
What miracles do we dare ask God for ourselves?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
FR. JOSEPH Y. HAW SJ
RINAJANE R. HERRERA
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