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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.   When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over— twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

REFLECTION: “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.”

Before Coronavirus, the Homeless Ministry from the Catholic Charismatic Center would go every Saturday and feed the many homeless living in Houston. There would be one car packed with nonperishable goods, another car with cold water, warm breakfast and/or lunch, drinks, coffee and another car filled with donated clothing. After one hour of praying and sharing, off we would caravan through Houston.

Our first stop was always a few blocks away from the Center and we would sit and serve breakfast, sing spiritual songs, read scripture and have a bible teaching/sharing based on the gospel chosen. And from there we would just travel throughout the streets of downtown Houston and distribute food and clothing.

We would finish our outing at the Pierce Elevated, a short elevated section of I-45. Without fail we would be overcome with the number of people lined up for food, and most of us would worry that we would run out of food. Without fail, there was always enough food and drink to feed the very last soul waiting in line.

In Isaiah we are invited to eat and drink for free. St Paul reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. God always provides both materially and spiritually. A miracle happens through the generosity of a little boy. His 5 loaves and 2 fishes can feed just a handful of people not the 5000 men not including the women and children present. Twelve wicker baskets of food were left over.

God turns the little things in our lives into abundance when we give it to Him for the benefit of others.

Three things to remember: (1) God provides , (2) Trust in God, (3) Put out the effort.

Everything we do out of love, big or small, God will multiply. Follow God's will and pay attention to our little duties. Be awake, alive and aware to those around us. Suffer with and empathize with the suffering of another.

Ask yourself the PAPA WAWWW philosophy--

Where am I? Am I where I am supposed to be? What am I thinking? What am I saying? What am I praying for?

God Bless You.


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