All the disciples were required to do was to get bread from Jesus and carry it in baskets to the people. We need to carry the gospel to our youth. We need to possess it and understand it before we can impart it to the next generation.
The fifth Beatitude tells us that those who are merciful will receive mercy. At first reading this sounds right to us. If you do good to others they will do good to you. It seem natural, like the popular concept of karma. Yet we see that this does not always hold true. How then should we understand this Beatitude?