Sunday Reflection


Father Anthony's Sunday Reflection

For July 25th, 2021 

I welcome you to this 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time!  Jesus had a way of attracting crowds, not only because of what he did, but because of who he was! The apostles followed Jesus because of who he was, yet the crowds followed Jesus because of what he did! People saw great things being done and this captured their attention.

In today’s Gospel reading we hear of the most outstanding wonders that Jesus did. A great multitude of people gathered to listen to Jesus’ word and after a while they grew hungry and needed something to eat. Jesus’ disciples wanted to send them away at the end of the day because they didn’t have enough to feed them. Jesus had a different plan and solution of getting the little they did have and multiplying it so all could eat.
Jesus took the available bread and fish and gave thanks to God, distributed it to the people and they had as much as they wanted.

Something that captures my attention is that Jesus gave thanks to God first. He knew that if we focused on what we have and are grateful for it, he will give us even more.
The tendency in life is that we do not notice that we have something at hand! It may not be a lot but it is something! The little boy had something, five barley loaves and two fish which he surrendered in the hands of Jesus who later multiplied them! We too can offer the little we have to God and he will turn it into an abundance! There are many times we might feel inadequate, helpless, desperate and hopeless. All we need is to place our lives in the hands of Jesus. He will accept us the way we are and will bless us beyond our expectations.

Blessed Sunday!