10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.143)
A reading from the holy Gospel according tJohn 6: 8-15
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.
When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!"
Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. I read somewhere that if the miracle of the loaves and the fishes occurred in Scotland, Andrew may have said to Jesus, '"Lord, there is a wee laddie here and he has five loaves of bread and two wee fishes."
And that's all Jesus needed for a miracle; the gift of one small boy's lunch.
Without that gift, there would be no miracle. Our whole life is a gift. If we brought it to Jesus with the same willingness as that child, who can say what miracles He can work through our humble offering?
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
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