St. Philip the Apostle & The Loaves and Fish Prayer
Whenever I'm feeling stressed out because I don't feel like I have enough ... whether it's money, clothes in my closet, or ... time ... I think of the miracle of the Loaves and Fish. I am reminded of St. Philip who expressed serious concern to Jesus about feeding the group of thousands of people who had come to listen to Jesus. St. Philip, who had already seen enough of Jesus' miracles, maybe should have known better! But, he found the situation impossible ...
Two hundred days wages worth of food would not be enough ...
~ John 6:7
But, of course, nothing is impossible for Jesus, and food appeared. From five barley loaves and two fish, thousands were fed that day. Time is my biggest issue. I always have a to-do list that is longer than my day. When I start to feel my mind racing, I try to stop and say a Loaves and Fish prayer (no official prayer, just a made-up-one on the spot) ... as a way to remind myself that Jesus is there, That I should give my day to Him, and all that ought to get done will.
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St. Philip the Apostle in the Bible
(Feast Day - May 3)
The Call of PhilipThe next day he decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth. - John 1:43-45
He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal[the sick]. He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. - Luke 9:1-3
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, "Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?" He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Two hundred days' wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little [bit]." - John 6:5-7
Now there were some Greeks among those who had come up to worship at the feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him., "Sir, we would like to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." - John 12:20-23
Philip said to him, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us. Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." - John 14:8-9b