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Run Time: 0:14:36. Gospel: Mt 14:13-21.
This is not an esoteric idea – or a fond wish. In John’s gospel it becomes a command. In the context of the washing of the feet and the institution of the priesthood and the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper – John 15th chapter. ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ As I have loved you. This is how they, the world, will know that you are my disciples. By your love for one another. And so the question becomes, then, what is it that holds us back from fulfilling this commandment. Fear. Fear. We are afraid that if we give ourselves to others, our time, talent, treasure, attention, help, comfort, … we are afraid that if we give what we have we won’t have enough left over for ourselves. But today … fear has been obliterated. Our Lord took five barley loaves and two fishes – not even enough really to feed Himself, let alone His apostles, He blest and broke them (prefigurement of the Eucharist) and there was not only enough to feed all of those people, but also His disciples … in the end there were 12 baskets left over, much more than they even started with at the beginning.