2nd Week of Easter: Fri Apr 24, 2020
Bible Text: “Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat? Jesus said this to test him for he knew what He was going to do” John 61-15
In the gospel that we have just proclaimed, Jesus has performed another miracle which is the feeding of a huge crowd through the generosity of a boy with five barley loaves and two fish. Just before the marvellous deed occurred, the gospel presented to us two different perspectives on how to give a solution to the imminent problem. On one hand, Philip’s view reveals to us a purely human answer which may a failure eventually and on the other hand Jesus shows us the divine intervention so that the result is more than enough what everybody needs. Philip when solicited how to deal with the recent problem, was in the panic mode. He did not actually present something to ease the problem but added more confusion to the dilemma, “six-month wages will not be enough to buy food for them but Jesus knew what to do when confronted with such kind of situation. While Philip is a symbol of a man without faith, Jesus is obviously an icon of a man of God.
Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and the rest will be given unto us. This pandemic is not only devastating our health but it is also forcing millions of workers to lose their jobs. The working class has to leave themselves at the mercy of the government. Everybody knows that the government supplement is not as juicy as the salary that most of the workers are making before the lockdown. Working parents especially are having a hard time making both ends meet. Most of them have the same assessment of Philip. When the economy is bleeding, everybody eventually suffers. It is depressing and stressful for families to be in such an unfavourable economic situation. Let us try to heed Jesus' invitation, let us laser focus our life to God once again. Spend more time praying instead of worrying. Trust in the Lord at all times rather than reliance on human effort. Be more like the boy who is always happy to give and less of Philip who is afraid to lose. Tell the Lord that it is only through Him that you can make it through the rain.
Honestly, I myself did not know the answer but one thing I am pretty sure, if God is with us nothing will be against us. Look us Jesus; His ministry did not begin with his mighty power but with forty days of solitude. By the way, QUARANTINE CAME FROM THE LATIN WORD QUADRAGESIMA. It is a quarantine period spent in prayer and fasting which made Him powerful. May these days be an opportunity to be absorbed in the power of God so that we will come out with a renewed spirit willing to fight not to win life for this word but life in eternity.