“And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.” ~Matthew 15:35-37
The Bishop spoke in his homily about how our land is not only the dirt we left behind in our home country, our land is in our hearts. In the Gospel, a mother begs for her daughter to be made healthy. Our liturgy has prepared the readings to reflect that the family is the core of our foundation. The family, the mother and father must live in love and respect for each other and their children will learn from them to always live in love.
Later in the Gospel we heard of 4,000 people being fed to their fill. They did not want to leave Christ, even from hunger, and Christ fed them. He had compassion on them when the disciples did not. Christ blesses what we have, however little it is. He took from what little they had and used that to feed 4,000 and still, “took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.” We too are called to bring what little we have and lay them before Christ that he may bless and multiply it in abundance.
The Bishop ended his homily by saying, “This is why I came to you, beloved brothers and sisters. I come, bringing what I have to share with you. Everything we can do, we will do for you and for our people through Jesus Christ our Lord.”