Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
24 Jul 2021

In the gospel today, through the power and prayer of the Lord, the impossible becomes possible.  What is given to Jesus as a sacrifice is given back by him totally transformed.  One message to be taken to heart from the miraculous feeding of the crowd is the importance of sharing what we have with those who are less fortunate.  The Lord asks us to give ourselves and our resources generously to him, to place what we have and are at his disposal.  The reality is that the hungry multitude is still with us, crying out for the basic necessities of life.  The sheer size of the problem may make us wonder what we have to offer.  But regardless of how little we think we have to offer it is in using our little efforts that God chooses to produce his greatest miracles.  On its own, our contribution may seem insignificant but multiplied around a parish or a caring community it can becomes a small miracle.  In the gospel, we hear how Jesus took some loaves and gave thanks to his Father.  Thankfulness for what we have can be a beginning.  Every day we live in this world is a miracle of God’s divine providence, much greater than the feeding of the multitude, but because it happens with such regularity, we give it no thought.  This story should make us think about thanking God not only for our food but for the many blessings and benefits that come our way and which we take so much for granted.