In this Sunday’s Gospel, a key passage often overlooked is the remark made after Jesus asks Philip how they can provide bread for the vast crowd; the evangelist writes, “This he [Jesus] said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.” (Jn. 6:6). This passage should be of great hope to us, revealing that in all circumstances Jesus provides and, as His disciples, we are invited to participate in His life and His work of salvation for ourselves, our families, and the world. A priest once wrote: “If we become discouraged, it is because we are seeking perfection not for God’s glory alone, but for our own satisfaction as well, and also because we would prefer to find security in ourselves rather than rely upon God alone.” May Philip’s interaction with Jesus strengthen our faith and confidence in the Eucharistic Christ.
Fr. James Yamauchi