Gather the Fragments (7/30)

Yesterday at Mass we heard the story of Jesus’ miraculous feeding of thousands (John 6:1-15).

At the end of the episode, Jesus issues this curious instruction to His disciples.

“Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted” (John 6:12).

Compared to His astonishing miracle it sounds unimportant and even trivial. And yet, that is what our blessed Lord tells us to do.

Intentional disciples know that little things matter.

  • Steering clear of gossip, whether reading it or adding to it.
  • Withholding an opinion to avoid an argument.
  • Listening attentively to someone we find difficult.
  • Performing small acts of kindness simply because it’s the right way to treat others in need.

Gather the fragments so that nothing will be wasted today.