Reading 1 IS 55:1-3, Responsorial Psalm PS 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18, Reading 2 ROM 8:35, 37-39, Gospel Mt 14:13-21
“Jesus said to them: There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” Today, the Lord teaches us to be generous.
The gospel shows how Jesus is compassionate and generous towards the crowds who followed Him. Jesus fed them and there was even food leftover. Another example of God’s generosity is Jesus first miracle in the wedding feast at Cana where He turned water into wine. We should imitate Him.
Unfortunately we find many excuses not to be generous such as we don’t have enough to help others. However, God simply wants us to surrender the little we have and to trust Him for the rest. In the gospel, the disciples wanted to send the crowds back to their villages because they had little food but Jesus asked them to bring what they had. The first lesson here is that there is always something to give to others no matter what we have. Another lesson is that the Lord needs our contribution to save others. We just have to take the first step and God will do the rest.
Jesus also invites us to have faith in Him instead of trusting our own capacities. When we have faith in God, miracles can take place in our life. A good example to illustrate the God’s providence is the story in the bible about the widow of Sarepta and the prophet Elijah. The widow gave to the prophet the last meal she was supposed to eat with her son as it was a period of famine. But from that moment onward, she never lacked food again.
We should ask ourselves the question: when shall we have enough to share with others? The Lord invites each one of us to stop being selfish and to open our heart to our brethren.
In those few lines, I hope to have shared with you what I heard from the homily from the 6:30 AM Eucharistic celebration of August 2, 2020.
It was celebrated by Father Alain Amani Mwilarhe, Isch.