REFLECTION FOR TODAY
July 25, 2021
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Jn. 6:9-10
Our gospel reference today forms part of Jesus’ miracle of feeding the crowd with five barley loaves and two fish. This was obviously an impossible situation considering the statement “what good are these for so many?”
Yes, in the sight and minds of the disciples, the five loaves and two fish was good for nothing but in the mind of Jesus that was all that was needed at that time. In the mind of Jesus there is nothing like good for nothing. Everything is good for something. What do you consider good for nothing?
The presence of the boy and his action of giving his loaves and fish goes beyond a simple act of giving. He represents all who understand that whatever they have is a gift that must be used at the service of others.
This miracle of Jesus speaks to His commitment to “feed us” in every way. Yes, this was a feeding with food, but it is symbolic of Him being able and willing to feed our souls with His grace to face whatever hardship or challenge life throws at us. His grace is enough!
The problem is often twofold. First, we face some challenge in our lives, and we see it as something we do not know how to overcome. This can lead to despair and disillusionment. But when this happens, we must reflect upon miracles like this one and realize that all things are possible for God.
The second problem we often face is the ability to distinguish between God’s will and our own limited ideas. Too often we come up with our own ideas of what we think is good and right, and we start praying for that. But what if God’s idea and will is much different and, of course, much greater?! What if God has a plan that we never could have come up with on our own?
The truth is that God does have a far more perfect plan for our lives than we could ever dream up. He knows what is best for us, and He can bring that plan to fruition. For our part, we must seek that plan, surrender to it and have faith in His perfect love, mercy, and power.
Reflect, today, on your future. What is it that seems to worry you the most? What is it that seems to fill you with anxiety? God has a perfect plan for that situation. Your job is to seek out that plan and trust it will be brought to fruition.
Lord, I know You can do all things and that You will the good in all things. Help me to turn and to surrender to Your perfect divine will. As I surrender to it, help me to have perfect faith that You will bring Your will to fruition. Jesus, I trust in You.