United States Conference of Secular institutes


Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6:1-15

This gospel story reminds us that as individuals we can and do make a difference. Every worthwhile accomplishment in this world depends upon attitudes and actions of individual lives. The difference in attitude is highlighted by two very specific virtues: gratitude and generosity. When Jesus saw the small supply they had to feed the crowd, he raised his eyes to heaven and pronounced a blessing over them. When the disciples saw the small supply of food, they complained. Jesus was not only grateful he was also generous. He shared it with the crowd. And in that act of sharing it became enough and more than enough.  Life always seems to work that way.  So very often the ones who have the least are the most generous. Generosity is more than a matter of economics, it is a way of living.