Tuesday 3 February 2015

Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Humanly speaking, there are many situations or events which we find difficult to resolve or settle. Some of us may feel as if there is little hope or we feel that we are powerless to change anything or improve the situation. Some of us may resort to other forms of distraction or solace, to try and forget what has taken place. But how should a Christian respond when faced with what some may think are impossible odds?

In today's Gospel, the disciples were faced with a logistical nightmare, so to speak. Jesus had thrown them a challenge to feed about 5000 men (not including women and children, mind you). With such a crowd, it looked humanly impossible to provide that much food to so many people. This led Jesus' disciples to respond in this way: "Philip answered, 'Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.' One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, 'There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?'" But what did Jesus do? He did not embarrass His disciples or leave them to deal with such a situation on their own. Instead, Jesus performed a tremendous miracle, feeding so many people with what was initially perceived as so few resources.

If Jesus could perform such miracles against the odds, just imagine what sort of miracles He has performed and will perform for us today. Sometimes we just need to have a little bit more faith in Jesus, seek His help and guidance consistently, earnestly and patiently, and let Him do wonders for us according to His terms and His time.

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