Homily for Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: He cares for us
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Monday August 5 2019
(Mt. 14:13-21) Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Dedication of the Basilica of Mary Major
In today’s Gospel feeds the five thousand who had followed Him in a deserted place to listen to His teachings and seek healing. Jesus and His apostles were confronted with the hunger of the people. Jesus responded by making the five loaves and two fish available and satisfactory to their need. This account gives a lot of messages to the early Christian community. Just like the event of the transfiguration of the Lord, before Peter, James, and John, the miracle of the loaves is also a foretaste of the banquet in heaven among those who had been worthy of the Kingdom. In addition, this also portrays Jesus as responding not only to the spiritual needs of the people but also their physical needs. Jesus is the complete saviour.
We wonder, in today’s reported shortage of food, if we need to ask God to make a miracle and provide the world more food? Or is it the case when we have enough but people need to distribute it equally? Must it always be directly about Jesus providing us or us, His followers, doing something in seeing to it that the world’s riches is benefiting all? What will be Jesus’ response if we ask Him for another miracle of multiplication? Will He surprise us by telling us, “There is no shortage of food. There is shortage of generosity and sharing of resources.”
There are those who are blaming today’s shortage of food to over population. But close scrutiny will reveal that we had not really exhausted the potentials of our land, water, and other resources the world has to offer. Cities are crowded and groaning and complaining because of too much people. Outside of the cities are vast tracks of land for agriculture. Our waters are teeming with aquatic lives which are available for food. The situation is made even worse by greed. Food producers who are profit oriented try to control the supply and price of their produce. They will resort to hoarding them to create a temporary shortage. They are even willing to waste some of them to maintain the demand and, possibly, raise their prices. God knows best. He will not give us a world wanting in sustenance. The world is enough!
Jesus made the miracle to remind us of the message that He cares for us not only for our salvation but also our welfare in this world. He satisfies both our spiritual and physical hunger.