Tuesday after Epiphany

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Whether there was an actual multiplication of bread or those who brought provisions followed the examples of the disciples by sharing to those who had none, it was a miracle just the same.

This miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish reminds me of an experience in 1999 when I was home for some weeks to take care of my old mother. Two persons came to the house, one at a time, to borrow money from my brother who had four sick family members to take care of. In both instances, he handed an amount to the borrowers. He even invited them to partake of our frugal meal. Moreover, I learned that his debtors do not pay him at all. Somewhat intrigued, I reminded him of our drained financial resources. He explained calmly, “You know, they are more hard up than we are. I just can’t let them go home with hands and stomach empty.”

When I came back to the convent and related to my Provincial Superior our predicament at home. Without waiting for my asking she ordered the Mission Officer to send a handsome amount to my family. I am convinced that it was not so much my humble sharing of our financial problem as my brother’s “kagandahang loob” to the needy that deserves the magnanimity of my superior. (Sr. Angelita, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)

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One rainy Saturday evening I got a call that the anticipated Mass I was to celebrate in one chapel was cancelled because the place was flooded. However, 15 minutes after, I received another call that people were already waiting for me in the chapel. I was instructed to take the LRT; a tricycle will fetch me from the station. The driver managed to find his way through the floods. True enough, people were waiting patiently, soaked wet but unflinching in their commitment.

In the gospel of today, a great multitude gathered together to hear Jesus preaching. They kept on following him because they found in him the satisfaction that the world could not provide. Truly, nothing can quench the deepest longing and desire of the heart except God alone.

Most of the time, human beings undergo an endless search for meaning in their life because they struggle to find answers in earthly things. Some people waste their energies in squeezing senseless solutions to their problems. They fail to understand that Jesus can provide the appropriate and meaningful answers to their inquires.

This miracle is very significant to our daily life. God’s way of miraculously feeding such a greet multitude foreshadows the Eucharist which only Jesus can offer to His followers. This is God’s manifestation of His generosity towards us His beloved children. God gives abundantly and the cost does not matter, unlike who always rationalize before we share to others. Our loving God provides us more than what we need for ourselves so that we can share these blessings to other people. Most of the time we keep them for our own wellbeing. It is really amazing to witness other people who have the capacity to think beyond themselves and reach to those who struggle with the difficulties of everyday life. (Fr. Marlon Ramirez, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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Life was difficult when we were growing up, but I can never forget how our parents taught us to be compassionate and to be generous, especially to the least fortunate.

Papa and Mama made us aware about kindness and generosity by telling us to be kind to beggars who came knocking at our home in Bani, Pangasinan. We did not have much but they told us not to be proud or arrogant and to give whatever, even just a glass of water to those who came begging. I remember how papa and mama would tell me, “Jerry, give something to the poor beggar,” and often, they would accompany me to hand over whatever little we could give.

I am sad that many parents today teach their children to be wise and not to be fooled by people, but in effect, are teaching them to be selfish.

Let us learn from Jesus’ example to be generous, as the Lord is compassionate and generous to us.

Are you compassionate?

Are you generous?

Do you know how to share? (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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A mother was teaching her sons the value of sharing. “Share this bottle of Coke equally between the two of you,” she said.

The older took the bottle and gulped all its content. “Why didn’t you leave the other half to your brother?” the angry mother said. “Well, because my share was in the lower part of the bottle!”

The gospel this Sunday (Epiphany Year A) teaches us about sharing and compassion. But it is not the kind of sharing which that shrewd brother did.

The Lord was “moved with pity” at the sick and deformed and cured them. To the famished crowd, he performed a miracle of multiplying five loaves and two fishes in order to feed them. A Bible teacher of mine remarked that the real miracle was when the Jews, known for being-tight-fisted, brought out their food provisions and shared them.

Christ idea of compassion is not just feeling sorry for people but a sensitivity that flows into action. The gospel today shows one quality by which the much-awaited Messiah would be known – compassion.

As followers of His, we too, have to exemplify that virtue, even though we cannot perform miracles as he did. How beautiful life would be if everyone in the family, in workplaces, in our neighborhood knew how to feel with, to empathize or put oneself in place of the other.

Am I a compassionate person? Do I have patience when vexed by unreasonable and nuisance people? Do people see Christ in me by my works of mercy? (Fr. bel San Luis, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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The pastoral visit of Pope Francis last January 15-19, 2015, was a concrete manifestation of the challenge for us to participate in the multiplication of the bread in this time, when Filipinos are tossed in a sea of turmoil. Natural disasters caused by storms, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes as well as man-made calamities triggered by illegal logging, irresponsible mining, and human trafficking, have inflicted so much pain and misery especially to children.

Aware of these realities, Pope Francis grieved with the people. He kissed the children, embraced the poor, the aged and the sick. He appealed for help for the poor, the end of corruption, value for family life, and care for Mother Earth. Yes, if we truly live out the values of Christ, there will be more bread for the hungry – bread for everyone’s need. A real multiplication of bread- physically, emotionally, mentally, and psychologically.

Am I willing to go out of my comfort zone, to share “bread” and “ sh” especially with the hungry?

Am I ready to share “mercy and compassion”      (- Sister Mildred Arcos, SSpS | Tayum, Abra Bible Diary 2016)

Source: rveritas-asia.org/index.php/daily-reflection/391-january-5-2016-tuesday?month=1&year=2016

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LISTENING AND SPEAKING. What is more difficult, to speak for eight hours or to listen for eight hours? What is more difficult, to speak for eight hours without eating or drinking or to listen, seated for eight hours without eating or drinking?

I think it is understandable that the speaker has a more tiring job than the listener. If the listener has not had food for eight hours, then the same is true for the speaker.

Yet what is striking in the gospel story is that the speaker did not complain and say: “Won’t you give me time to rest? Won’t you give me time to eat? Won’t you give me time to drink? I have been talking for hours now and here you are, still insisting that I talk and console you.”

Jesus had done so many things for others. He endured so many things for the people and His focus was always on the crowd that was hungry. He kept preaching to people with empty stomachs. The people forgot the grumbling in t heir stomach because they were so touched, not so much by what Jesus was saying, but what Jesus was for them.

This is the love of God for us. He doesn’t care about Himself. He only cared for those who were listening to Him. He did not care about His hunger and thirst. He only thought of the hunger and thirst of those who were listening to Him. He had every right to complain. He had every right to be frustrated and exasperated. But instead of frustration and exasperation, he chose concern. He chose compassion. He chose to forget Himself.

May we learn that lesson today. Today, there will be people who will pressure us. There will be people who will make demands of us. There will people who will ask so much from us. Give and like Jesus, look at their need, not our own. (Bp. Socrates Villegas, Love Like Jesus, p. 170)

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TUESDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (YEAR B) – 1 JUAN 4:7-10. Unsa man ang tinuod nga gugma? Ang Unang Sulat ni San Juan nag-ingon: “Ang matuod nga gugma mao kini: dili kita maoy unang nahigugma sa Dios, kondili Siya maoy unang nahigugma kanato, ug gipadala niya ang Iyang bugtong Anak aron pinaagi kaniya mapasaylo ang atong mga sala.” Ang kalidad sa matuod nga gugma atong makita diha sa gugma sa Dios kanato: Andam kini nga molihok, mohatag sa kaugalingon, ug mag-sakripisyo alang sa kaayohan ug kinabuhi sa tawo nga gihigugma. Kon wala kini, ang gugma nga gipamulong walay hinungdan. Sakto ang pahimangno nga nag-ingon: “When someone says ‘I love you”, watch his actions more than his words” (“Kon adunay moingon kanimo ‘Gihigugma ko ikaw’, bantayi ang iyang mga lihok labaw sa iyang mga pulong.”

(English) 1 John 4: 7-10. What is true love? The First Letter of John, saying: “True love is this: we are not first loved God, but He first loved us, and sent His only begotten Son, that through him the forgiveness of sins.” the quality of true love we see in the love of God for us: it is ready to act, give yourself, and to sacrifice for the good of human life and love. Without it, the love that saying nothing. Correct the warning, saying: “When someone says’ I love you”, watch his actions more than his words “(” If anyone says, ‘I love you’, keep his actions than his words. ”

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MARCOS 6:34-44. Unsa man ang tinood nga kalooy? Ang tinood nga kalooy dili lamang usa ka pagbati sa kaguol o kasubo. Dili kini mapadayag pinaagi lamang sa paghilak o paggakos sa tawong gikaloy-an. Diha sa ebanghelyo gipakita ni Kristo sa iyang mga tinun-an nga ang matuod nga kalooy magtuklod kanila sa pagpakighiusa sa mga gikaloy-an ug sa paglihok alang sa ilang kaayohan. Si Hesus gibati’g kalooy sa bagang katawhan nga nagsunodsunod kaniya kay mura man sila’g mga karnero nga napasagdan. Nisugyot ang mga tinun-an nga papaulion ang mga tawo, apan wala kini niya buhata. Hinoon, giatiman ug gitubag ni Hesus ang ilang espirituhanon ug lawasnong panginahanglan pinaagi sa paghatag kanila og diosnong pagtulon-an ug sa pagpakaon kanila og isda ug pan. Posted by Abet Uy

(English) Mark 6: 34-44. What is the true compassion? The real pity is not only a sense of grief or sorrow. It is not only evidenced by the weeping man or embracing the unfortunate person. In the gospel, Christ showed his disciples that true compassion pressed them to unite with the unfortunate and act for their benefit. Jesus felt compassion on the multitude that followed him for they are like sheep being neglected. He suggested the disciples brought the man, but he did not. However, care and Jesus answered their spiritual and physical needs by giving them the divine teachings and to feed them fish and bread.

Source: abetuy.blogspot.com/2015/01/tuesday-after-epiphany-year-b.html

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Reflection for January 6 Tuesday after Epiphany, Mark 6:34-44 Reflection: What impels us to do extra-ordinary things for our fellowmen? For example, to give food to the hungry or to do something especial for somebody without expecting anything in return. It’s love, the root of our extra-ordinary actions for our fellowmen is love. When you love somebody you will be willing to give something of yourself for the people or person that you love.

In our gospel the many that have been following Jesus had nowhere to go for it was getting late and there was no food available for them. Jesus knew about this and He could have simply told the crowd to disperse. And look for their own food and then comeback on the next day. But He did not for He dearly loved them thereafter Jesus asked His disciples, how much food do you have?

The disciples told Him five loaves and two fish.  And the five loaves and two fish suddenly were multiplied by Jesus to become hundreds and were able to feed more than five thousand. Jesus did the miracle of loaves out of His infinite love for them all.

We too are dearly loved by Jesus for He supplies us food everyday. Some of us may think that the food that we have on the table is courtesy of our own hardwork. No, it’s not from our hardwork it’s actually given to us by Jesus for He loves us  dearly.

What have we given Jesus in return for His love? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Source: mjdasma.blogspot.com/2015/01/reflection-for-january-6-tuesday-after.html

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FIRST MOVE – This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10

“I have a boyfriend!” exclaimed my five-year-old niece, Mireya. He was her classmate in preschool. We all had a good laugh about it because apparently, she was the one who asked him to be her boyfriend! But later on, we found out that this classmate was the one whokept her company on her first day of school when she was still too shy to mingle with the other kids. So, in her eyes, he made the “first move.”

Come to think of it, I tend to treat others the way I’ve been treated. When I remember how I’ve been loved, I love. When I forget that, I can be selfish and rude.

As Christians, lots of times, we think we make the first move with God. We serve, we forgive others, we offer our sacrifices, etc. But isn’t everything we do actually a response to how He has shown us love? He served us first when He became man. He forgave us first, on the cross. He offered the supreme sacrifice of His life. George Tolentino Gabriel (george.g@svrtv.com)

Reflection: Close your eyes and recall five things God has done for you lately. And then respond.

Lord, thank You for loving me first. I now choose to love others.

Source: kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2015-01-06

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JESUS WILL GATHER US TO HIMSELF – Jesus feeds the multitude out of five loaves and two fish. He performed the miracle to address their hunger. Everyone was satisfied and some leftovers were even gathered afterwards. The early Christians understood this event not only as a manifestation of God’s power in Jesus but a foretaste of the banquet in heaven. In God’s Kingdom, there will be no more hunger.

But some wonder why the leftovers were gathered. Did Jesus’ parents teach Him about the value of food? In our family, my parents frowned at us whenever we left some food on our plates. They often told us to get only what we can consume. Wastage is anathema to them.

Some Bible scholars have something better to say to that act of gathering the leftovers. They said that leftovers represent the Christians who had served the Church well. As age, physical deterioration and other handicaps catch up with them, they begin to tire, deteriorate and finally retire. Then, God will gather them to Himself. In other words, after they had served faithfully, God will welcome, revitalize and make them whole again. For a minister, this is a big consolation.

Bishop Ambo David gave this reflection in one of his retreats that I attended. The priests were deeply touched, especially the more senior ones. One senior priest told me that they feel that the Church does not need them anymore. Young priests do not give them proper regard and value for what they had accomplished. Not that they ache for recognition. They just want to be respected and appreciated for what they had done for the Church. This goes for all servants. This passage gives great consolation, especially for those who had dedicated their lives for the Church’s mission.

Praise and thanksgiving are best given by God. He gives it at the right time and in the right place. Now, we have the courage and commitment to serve without limit because we know that God will always be there to gather us to Himself. Fr. Benny Tuazon

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Do you hunger for recognition for your service or ministry? How about giving due recognition to those who serve with you?

Thank You, Lord, for the assurance that You will gather us to Yourself in heaven. Help me to serve You without limits. Amen.

Source: kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2016-01-05

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January 05, 2016

REFLECTION: The apostle John tells us in today’s first reading: “Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” Now the verb “to know” has a very strong meaning in biblical Hebrew. For example, when a man has sexual intercourse with his wife, he is said to “know” her (v.g. Gen 4:1; 17:25; Nb 31:18, 35; Jdg 21:12; etc.). In other words, to “know” is synonymous with: to experience in depth. It is not, like in Western philosophy, a merely intellectual process. It is an activity which involves the whole person. Now, because of this, sincere atheists who are ready to sacrifice themselves for other people’s welfare, despite their intellectual denial of God’s existence (often based on inadequate notions about God), are actually very much attuned to God, because the very nature of God is to love, as John tells us (“God is love“), and such atheists truly love.

Thus we have such cases as that of Nelson Mandela (died in 2013), who spent 27 years in jail for his political convictions and emerged from there a most loving person who rid his country, South Africa, of the scourge of apartheid (racial segregation)—and yet was a communist to his dying day. True, his mind denied God, but he “knew” God at the very core of his being. And that is what ultimately matters.

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Source: schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3403-january-05-2016

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See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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