Jesus’ theme is of giving, not hoarding, said Father Ermes Ronchi while preaching to Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia during their Lenten retreat. The priest was giving reflections based on the Gospel reading from St Mark which described the multiplication of the loaves and the fish.
“Life begins with hunger; to be alive is to be hungry,” the priest said. Through the multiplication of loaves and bread, Jesus taught everyone that He is not concerned with the quality of the bread, but he intended that bread must be shared.
“According to a mysterious divine rule: when my bread becomes our bread, then little becomes enough. Hunger begins when I keep my bread to myself, when the satiated West holds on to its bread, its fish, its assets… It is possible to feed the earth, there is enough bread. There is no need to multiply it, it would be sufficient to just distribute it, starting with ourselves. We do not need prodigious multiplications: we need to beat the Goliath of selfishness, of food waste and the hoarding of few”.
Finally he concluded by quoting the Gospel of Luke saying, “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.”