“Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many’?” (J 6, 7-9)
Both were afraid “it would not be enough”, and “what good are these for so many,” but there is one important difference between Philip and Andrew. Philip was looking for money, a large sum of money, Andrew started from what they could have now: “there is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.” They weren’t even Andrew’s, but he was looking for anything. Just for the beginning, just for the start. For Jesus it was enough.
Many saints started from this point, like St. Teresa of Avila: “Teresa alone can do nothing, Teresa with Jesus can do everything”. When we give our “almost nothing,” “what good are these for so many” to Jesus, He can use it and make miracles.
“No one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christus, alleluia” (Communion Antiphon).
Categorised in: Fr Jarosław Szymczak