By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.”
What a very moving moment, Lord Jesus of how your heart was moved with pity for the people, of how it is to truly love one another as taught by your beloved disciple John in the first reading.
To love is to remain with someone when it is already late and dark; to love is to stay with someone in a deserted place, accompanying others despite the many dangers; to love, most of all, is to give others with food to eat even while in darkness and in a deserted place!
O dear Lord, the numbers of COVID infections are rising again; dark clouds are looming above us again; people are back into panic buying while many are back to worrying where to find their means of livelihood amid another series of restrictions to control the spread of the pandemic.
In this another surge of COVID infections, may we be an epiphany of your love to others by practicing health protocols, being mindful of the well being of others so that the love of God may be revealed in us. Amen.