Last Friday, the Gospel at daily Mass was the loaves and the fishes. “Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted….” Because Jesus “gave thanks” for the five barley loaves and two fish as a gift, instead of doubting that so little could ever feed so many, His all-provident Father multiplied them. On Friday, just before I vested for Mass to read that Gospel, Gavin texted me. “We are now at 28 students, three more than the minimum needed to open the school. Deo Gratias!” I put down my phone, entered the sanctuary, and offered the supreme act of thanksgiving which we call, from the Greek, the Holy Eucharist. God had, once again, provided.
We had put the school in God’s hands, working very hard with what little we had, and He has provided. I also thank Our Lady, for whom the school is named, and St. Joseph, to whom we prayed a 33-day novena from February 15 to March 19. We will continue to beg God’s mercy and pray to the saints for help, because my new goal is 40 students. If it please God, I ask that the school get off to a strong start, even beyond the minimum needed to survive. But … we will rejoice in whatever God is pleased to give us. It will always be a “loaves and fishes” operation.