When Jesus travelled to a new place, people would quickly hear of his arrival and go out to meet him.
On one occasion the gathered crowd was around five thousand; it was a huge number to manage and they were hungry! Jesus told his disciples to tell the people to sit down and collect from them whatever food they had among them.
The total food amounted to five loaves and two fish carried by one boy.
“Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed the bread to those who were seated. He then did the same with the fish”. (John 6:11)
When the people had eaten their fill, the leftover scraps were gathered; they filled twelve baskets!
No matter how large the loaves or big the fish, one boy could not have carried enough to feed fifty people nor indeed carry the leftover scraps that filled twelve baskets! A miracle was the only explanation and five thousand people had just witnessed it.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of food that I receive daily and likewise, the gift of your teachings.
Prayer: Unborn Child
Almighty God, our Father,
you who have given us life
and intended us to have it forever,
grant us your blessings.
Enlighten our minds to an awareness
and to a renewed conviction
that all human life is sacred
because it is created
in your image and likeness.
Help us to teach by word
and the example of our lives
that life occupies the first place,
that human life is precious
because it is the gift of God
whose love is infinite.
Give us the strength to defend human life
against every influence
or action that threatens or weakens it,
as well as the strength
to make every life more human
in all aspects.
Give us the grace…
When the sacredness of life
before birth is attacked,
to stand up and proclaim
that no one ever has the authority
to destroy unborn life.