by Sister Joan Polak ND
Parable of the loaves and fishes
The story of loaves and fishes is an easy lesson of sharing. It is also a not so easy lesson of trust in the word of another. Another is a likeness to the transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. A miracle that happens daily at our altars.
However, the words that struck me in today’s gospel were: “He withdrew again to the mountain alone”. Instead of hanging around for acclamation and perhaps even gratitude of the crowd, he withdrew to the mountain ALONE. And so I ask” Where is your mountain? Is it the church, a chapel, a bench in a park, a quiet corner to be alone?
We all need to find that place of retreat from busyness to quiet commune with our God. Let us go to that mountain daily or at least weekly where we find not only rest, but the strength to carry out the works of mercy.