Homily for Saturday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Year II
Theme: Miracle of Multiplication
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday February 15 2020
(Mk. 8:1-10) Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel we again hear the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. The Gospel writer noted that Jesus’ “heart was moved with pity for the crowd.” It would appear that the object of His pity was the hunger or the need of the people for food in a far away place. But it was more than that. Jesus saw the conditions of those people following Him. They hunger not only for the food of the body but more for the food of the soul. Jesus saw their need to be satisfied with the bread of life, the Word of God, Jesus Himself.
The multiplication of the loaves was seen by the early Church as a forestaste of heaven. It is the heavenly banquet taught in Scriptures. In the end time, all will be seated with God at the table in heaven and partake of the feast of heaven. It had been established at the last supper, fulfilled in Calvary, and continued in every Eucharistic celebration. The love of Jesus does not only address our earthly needs. He came to save. His heart cares for our salvation.
Some exegetes took note of what the evangelist Mark said after the feeding. He said, “They picked up the fragments left over…” It is believed that it symbolizes those who had served the Lord faithfully and lovingly. In their service, they experienced being wounded, rejected, maligned, and spent. Many of them are left alone and unappreciated. But not by God. God will gather them and make them whole again. God loves His ministers. He would welcome them to His embrace and console them to be of service again or to be with Him in His Kingdom. This should inspire us to be generous and committed because we have a God who cares and appreciates.