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Whatever we have, this is what He needs

February 12, Saturday, Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: 1 Kings 12:26-32, 13:33-34 & Mark 8:1-10

This Gospel begins with an enticing statement. It demonstrates Jesus' compassion and love for the people. "I feel sorry for these people," Jesus says, "because they have been with me for three days and now lack food." As a result, Jesus summoned his disciples, not to send them home hungry, but to feed them. "How could we get enough bread to feed these people in such a deserted place as this?" his disciples inquired.

Today, the Lord inquires about our bread supply. This is what he requires, whatever we have.

They inform Jesus that they have only seven loaves and seven fish.

At times throughout life, we may doubt our ability to continue our journey due to a lack of strength, courage, patience, or hope. These are the times when we must turn to Jesus and ask for the grace to believe that we do have enough of everything we need. Our finite supply of courage, faith, and hope may appear to be insignificant. Nevertheless, God can work miracles with a little!

The key is to maintain a relationship with God, and we will have everything we require when we require it! Let us take a moment to consider ourselves: what do we require at the moment?

While sharing bread with the hungry may seem like an everyday occurrence to some, sharing bread with those who are severely hungry is a miracle. Sharing loaves is not a literal restriction. Sharing our loaves of bread with a friend in despair is a significant part of our time listening to him and comforting him. I'm calling a relative to check in on him, and his family is also sharing our loaves.

Sharing our loaves by making children laugh and teaching them to be grateful for daily miracles and blessings is also part of sharing our loaves. Being kind to those we share a home with, as a family, entails sharing our loaves as well. After all, forgiving ourselves for past errors and sins contributes to the sharing of God's living bread.

Let us make a difference in the lives of others.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.