Sunday, July 26, 2015

Our great sin

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
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July 26, 2015

John 6:1-15

The episode of the multiplication of the loaves enjoyed great popularity among Jesus' followers. All of the evangelists recall it. Surely, it moved them to think that that man of God was concerned to feed a crowd that had been left without enough to eat.

According to John's version, the first one to think of the hungry crowd that has come to listen to him is Jesus. These people need to eat; we have to do something for them. That's how Jesus was. He was always thinking about basic human needs.

Philip makes him see that they have no money. Among the disciples, everyone is poor -- they can't buy bread for so many. Jesus knows it. Those with money will never solve the problem of world hunger. It takes more than money.

Jesus will help them envision a different path. First of all, it's crucial that no one hoard what's his for himself if others are hungry. His disciples have to learn to make available to the hungry what they have, if only "five barley loaves and two fish."

Jesus' attitude is the simplest and most humane one we can imagine. But who is going to teach us to share if we only know how to buy? Who will free us from our indifference to those who are starving to death? Is there anything that can make us more humane? Will this "miracle" of real solidarity between all ever happen?

Jesus thinks about God. You can't believe in Him as the Father of all and let His sons and daughters starve. So, he takes the food they have collected in the group, "raises his eyes to Heaven and gives thanks." The earth and everything that feeds us, we have received from God. It is the Father's gift, intended for all His children. If we deprive others of what they need to live, it's because we have forgotten this. It is our great sin although we almost never confess it.

When sharing the bread of the Eucharist, the early Christians felt nourished by the risen Christ but, at the same time, they remembered Jesus' gesture and shared their goods with the needy. They were brothers and sisters. They had not yet forgotten the Spirit of Jesus.

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