The three classes of men: the boy and
the loaves (Jn. 6:1-15)
Try to picture the scene. Jesus
surrounded by thousands. There is not enough for these poor people to eat. The
solutions can be found in one simple way—the little boy with the loaves and
fishes. God often uses little people, with little to offer, but with large and
generous hearts to carry out extraordinary miracles. This short meditation is on the multiplication
of the loaves and the fishes that the little boy gave to Jesus. Following are different reactions the boy
might have had towards the loaves and fishes that he brought. Of the many
options, which of these do you feel is your attitude? What attitude would you like to assume?
WHAT MIGHT BE SOME OF THE OPTIONS
THAT THE LITTLE BOY COULD HAVE CHOSEN WITH HIS LOAVES AND FISHES?
RAN AWAY. As he saw Andrew
approaching he could have simply ran away and avoided the question.
HIDING. Another option might have been to take a
blanket that his parents had and simply to have hidden the loaves and the
fishes underneath the covers.
LIED. He could have said that these
were not his but belonged to somebody else and they were not for him to give
away, given that they did not really belong to him.
LOOK FOR SOMEBODY ELSE THAT HAD
FOOD! This could have been another
option—to avoid the issue by pointing at others that might have hidden food
that they could share.
NO THE FOOD IS MINE! Then there was another option: NO!!!! The boy
could have simply said “No” and that these belonged to him and he had no
intention of relinquishing anything.
Maybe the boy would reason: “Well
I came prepared and you did not; you should suffer the consequences of your
lack of intelligence and foresight.
YES, BUT HALF AND HALF! Here is another option: give away some, maybe
50% of what he had. At least in this there is a sign of good will!
TAKE IT ALL!!! As we know from the
Scriptural passage, the boy did none of the above, but rather he gave all,
every morsel of the bread and the fishes in their totality.
QUALITIES TO BE ADMIRED IN THIS
GENEROSITY… The little boy would not
delay in giving; he would not give only a part of what he had. He did not give
begrudgingly, half-heartedly and with a frown on his face or thinking what he
would get in return.
TRUST. He did not worry about tomorrow or even the
possibility of going hungry. He just gave and trusted.
LOVE FOR JESUS. Actually he gave all
to Andrew, but was really giving all to Jesus.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR HEART AND OPENNESS???
PRAY OVER THESE QUESTIONS!!!
Are you and your conscience running
away from God?
HIDING. Is there something in your
life that you are hiding from God, your Confessor, and your conscience?
LYING. Are you lying to yourself and
to others in one way or another? Are you running away from the truth?
POINTING TO OTHERS. Do you have the habit of pointing to others
and running away from your own responsibilities? Are you aware of the fact that
actions have consequences?
SELFISNESS/EGOTISM. Are you simply
selfish? You simply do not want to give what God is asking you to give. You
have your hands and fists clenched and God cannot get into them?
HALF-HEARTED INDIVIDUAL. Or is it such that you are giving but only
half-heartedly, by half-measures. In your heart of hearts, you know that God is
asking you for much more and you can give it but you do not want to leave your
comfort-zone, your Linus’ blanket, your nesting place?
MAGNANIMITY—This key Ignatian word
that can be found in Annotation 5 in the Spiritual Exercises text means to have
a great soul, open for great things, and willingness to give all to God. GIVE
ALL AND TRUST GOD!!!