The Liturgy of the past week had been describing a good preacher and a good pupil. The good teacher had been described, among many other things, as one getting knowledge from both the old and the new. And the pupil had been described, among other things, as a fertile soil.
The Gospel today further describes a good preacher and a good pupil. A good pupil is described as one who concentrates on spiritual learning to the point of forgetting that he has to eat.
While a good teacher is one who can satisfy the pupil's desire for spiritual knowledge. And still have an abundant supply of knowledge in reserved just in case there is further need for it.
2. The present situation.
As Christ prophesied, today, there will be a decay of Faith and the waxing cold of Charity. The decay of the theological virtue of Faith happens this way; souls are unable to repent for their sins because they do not know what is sinful and what is not. Knowledge of what is right and wrong is a gift from God given only to those who have the servile fear of God, St. Thomas wrote. Man today does not have this initial servile fear of God because they do not believe in the true God. Even Catholics have a wrong idea of the true God; some think god is Pachamama.
The reason for this situation is because there is no good teacher and there are no good pupils.
3. The good pupil.
The gospel describes the crowd listening to Christ. They had been with Him in a deserted place for some time and they have not eaten; showing their great interest in listening to Christ that they forgot to bring some food.
The apostles, themselves, who have been with Christ have not brought enough food with themselves, showing, too, their love to learn spiritual things that they have not brough the food they need.
When the preaching was over and it was time to take some food, the apostles reminded Christ to send the crowd to the nearby towns to buy food. Christ knew the situation; that they were in a far place, there were five thousand men plus women and children, and that there was no food. So Christ solicited signs to paint the situation. The apostles proposed to send the crowd away to buy food. Clearly the crowd did not have food. So Christ counter proposed to His apostles; feed them.
The apostles objected, but we have only five loaves and two fishes. How can we feed so many people. The situation was clear; they had no food, there were thousands of hungry people and they only had five loaves and two fishes.
Since everyone was conscious of the situation, Christ now will declare His teaching through a miracle. Tell them to sit down. Then Christ blessed the loaves, the fishes and commanded His apostles to distribute them. The physical miracles occurred. Five thousand men with women and children had their fill. And when the apostles collected the left overs there were 12 baskets. That was the miracle. What is the truth?
First, that good pupils should be so concerned with learning spiritual doctrines that they show signs that they are unconcerned with the food for the body.
Second, that good preachers should teach the Old Testament symbolised by the five loaves of bread, the teachings of the prophets and the Psalms symbolised by the two fishes. And the preachers should know the New Testament truths which the apostles will still learn after Pentecost, which is symbolised by the extra baskets collected after the crowd had their fill of the Old Testament.
4. Present situation.
There is no interest for spiritual matters. Though there is ample supply of spiritual matters in the Internet, there are many who read. But no one will go hungry just to listen to spiritual knowledge. And because no one is interested God will not send a preacher.
That there are no preachers is shown by the fact that even Pope Francis has not answered the 'dubia' which are Old Testament questions. And no bishops have tried to answer the same on their own. And no priest had answered those question that were asked more than a thousand and four hundred days ago. But people need the answer because the question is; is it a mortal sin or not. That is serious. The answer is needed for souls to go to heaven.
And from the beginning of his papacy up to now, Pope Francis had not given a Catholic spiritual exhortation. He only teach Al Gore's ecology, Chinese communism, Amazonian idolatries and a few heretical teachings; one of which is that sinful souls do not go to hell but simply disintegrate. Add to this many bishops tolerate sex perversions, illegal immigrants, while suspending good orthodox preachers. How about nuns going around riding buses instead of teaching catechism.
The multiplication of the bread should occur at every Mass. There is the first reading that represents the five loaves and two fishes. There are the second reading and the Gospel which represents the 12 left over breads and fishes.
The multiplication was no longer occurring before the pandemic for lack of interested souls and apostles distributing loaves, fishes and keeping the deeper doctrines in reserved. This is even more aptly showned in the physical absence of the Mass today. The message of the pandemic is clear. The mystery of the multiplication of the bread is no longer being repeated. Since this should be going on up to the end of time, it should be continuing somewhere else. Where, surely not in many parishes or dioceses; most surely not in the Vatican.