Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV: Do Not Waste Christ the Lord’s Gifts to Us

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By  Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange, July 27, 2021

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. He serves in the Congregations’ Retreat Ministry and in the House of Formation for novices and theologians in Antipolo, Philippines. …

We learn two important things about Jesus from the episode of the multiplication of the loaves.

First, we see the kindness and generosity of Jesus towards the needs of the crowds. He is not overwhelmed by their number and their needs. He also does not wait for them to beg Him, but He takes the initiative to feed them, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? He said this to test him because He Himself knew what He was going to do.”

Secondly, Jesus is not wasteful. After they had had their fill of the bread and fish, He said to His disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”

This means that, because of His kindness and generosity, we must receive His gifts with gratitude and hope in His loving providence in the future. We must also be diligent with His gifts, making sure that we do not abuse or waste them but use them well now, not for our selfish purposes, but for the very intention that He intends in giving us these gifts. …