18th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the greatest faculties we have is our eyesight, with our eyes we can see where we are going we can read a book, we can look into the eyes of the people we love, that’s why we have the expression you are the apple of my eye, and the way we look at people can make a difference. I can look at people with kindness, with patience and with respect, or I can look at a person in anger, with vengeance, with sarcasm, with indifference; and this makes a mark in their lives. I can make someone feel happy and safe or I can make someone feel lonely and worthless. When God came into this world he took a pair of human eyes, so that he could see the world the way we see it, but inside was the heart of God and he taught us to see people the way we should see them, not only with the eyes but with the heart. In the gospel today, Jesus is approached by a huge crowd, he was not expecting them, they are hungry, they are tired and they bring many sick people with them. The gospel has a beautiful expresison; “Jesus feels sorry for them”, their pain is his pain. This is the way Jesus sees, he cures the sick, he feeds them all, and one day he will give himself as bread in the Eucharist, and he will die for them on the cross. Even when he is dying on the cross, the way of seeing people will not change; the love and mercy and kindness, will always be there in the eyes of Jesus. This is the way Jesus sees you and Jesus sees me. The miracle of the loaves and fishes could be called a miracle of generosity. First of all you have the generosity of the boy who with his gift of five loaves and two fish, made the miracle possible. It was a small thing in itself but for the boy it was a big thing because it was all he had. It is easy to give something we won’t really miss, but when the gift is needed and precious to us then it is a true sacrifice. No matter how small and insignificant our contribution is, God will do the rest. One day a young couple came to saint Mother Theresa in Calcutta and gave her a large sum of money. ‘Where did you get so much money’? Mother Theresa asked. ‘We were married two days ago, and we decided not to have a big lavish wedding reception, but to give the money to feed the poor instead’. ‘Why would you do this?’ Mother Theresa asked. ‘Because we love each other and wanted to begin our married life with an act of generosity towards those who are less well off. Wouldn’t it be great if we could see people the way Jesus sees them, not only with our eyes but with our heart, not only the nice people, those who are good to us, but every human person. The Mexican poet Amado Nervo explains in a few words this idea. “I’m only a spark, make me a fire. I’m only a string, make me a lyre. I’m only an anthill, make me a mountain. I’m only a drop, make me a fountain. I’m only a feather make me a wing. I’m only a beggar make me a King”