The “Five-Loaves-and-Two-Fishes Moments” concept introduced in the past five days of reflection focuses on whether we can extend from self-centeredness to caring for the needs of others through our humble offering. If we do so as a community in Christ, with the participation of each member and through Christ, we can accomplish what is humanly impossible! Yesterday’s reflection reminded us that the focus of this act of love is not about doing something big, but rather “doing ordinary things with extraordinary love”. Furthermore, these acts of love do not have to take place in faraway places where there is war or poverty, but rather can be accomplished anywhere and anytime within our reach.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to pray to our Heavenly Father. The focus is on the first line of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father”. We need to learn from Jesus to call God “Father”. It is not just a title of reverence on our lips, but an “Abba Father” that we cry out from the bottom of our hearts! Since He is the Father, He will surely listen to the prayers of His children, especially when we fulfill God’s commands of love for one another!
And the five loaves and two fishes that we are willing to offer will surely please our Heavenly Father, and will be multiplied in the name of our Lord Jesus!
Before Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the five loaves and two fishes, He looked up and prayed to His Father in Heaven, setting a perfect example for us. Jesus has shown us that we cannot rely on our own strength, but must depend on the power of the Father to do every good work.
Every time when we offer our five loaves and two fishes, let us also humbly surrender to our Father and trust that He will provide!
We should not question the way and timing of how God will provide, for He has His plan. All we need is to have absolute faith in God, and our acts of love will surely be accomplished with results beyond our expectations!
Yesterday’s reflection also mentioned that those who need our attention may be close at hand.
Sometimes, the needs of these people cannot be fulfilled by anyone else, but only by you and me!
Dear Father, please reveal to me whom You want me to pay attention to today. Please show me why it is not someone else, but I am needed to fulfill the needs of the person whom You have revealed to me.
Heavenly Father, thank You for showing me my role in Your divine plan of merciful love. You have reminded me of the things I should have done and the love I should have given, which I have neglected due to my busyness, negligence, and selfishness, and thus have not responded to Your invitation in time. Abba Father, thank You for Your gentle reminder today.