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ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America."
In the face of adversity and naysayers in today's world -- not unlike the apostles who wondered how they would feed the masses -- the church is called to take what they have, as Jesus did and reap the rewards of achieving great things in the face of the impossible, Cardinal DiNardo said in his homily during the convocation's closing Mass July 4.
"When we see the complexity, when we see the impossible ... Jesus will say, 'Just give me what you have.' Imagine what we will have left over after we do it at the Lord's word," he said.
"Jesus gives the apostles and everybody who listens to them ... he gives them that power. Do we believe? St. Paul says if we believe can go out and do what is asked," said Cardinal DiNardo, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Citing the Gospel reading from John (17:11, 17-23), the cardinal also urged the delegates to reflect on how Jesus during the Last Supper reminded the Twelve Apostles that he will pray for all who believe he is the savior that they may be united in one family under God.