2021-07-2517th Sunday in Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Most good parents try to teach their children the importance of sharing. They encourage their children to share their treats and their toys with their friends and family especially with their brothers and sisters. In today`s Gospel we have a beautiful example of sharing. The boy in the story is willing to share all that he has, 5 barley loaves and 2 fish, with the hungry crowd of 5,000.

I would like to relate a story that concerns my own family. I was traveling with my parents in Poland in 1975. We had a taxi cab driver as our guide. We had hired him for the week. He was a very nice man - so nice, in fact, that he invited us to his home to meet his wife and family. They shared a delicious meal with us using their finest dinnerware. My Mom admired some crystal glasses and complimented our hostess on them. What I will never forget is that at the end of the meal those glasses were wrapped and given to us as a gift. We were embarrassed by the generosity. The woman said to us: "I want you to have them as a memory of our family. Because you like them, they are yours."

Some Scripture scholars have suggested that when the little boy shared all that he had, many of the people were embarrassed by their own selfishness and began to take the food out of their own pockets and share it with their neighbors. When they did share, there was more than enough to go around.

The problem that we have today concerning food is one of distribution. So much of our food goes to waste while others in the world starve to death. If we could only learn to share what we have - that would be a miracle.

I think that the challenge that we adults face is the same challenge that we were given as children. Share some of your possessions with those who do not have, especially those who do not have the basic necessities of life.

Jesus asks us over and over again to be good to those who do not have because when we perform acts of love we do so for God himself.

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