Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.
Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets full.
How can I apply this gospel in my daily life? I propose to you three points.
Trust: God is full of goodness and generosity. As long as this God remains alive in our hearts, we can trust him. He never abandons the cry of his beloved ones. Our faith helps us to see everything through God's eyes, as a plan for the salvation of the world, even the unpleasant elements. Thanks to this faith, we can give everything to God, not from our superfluousness, but in our indulgence.
God needs our rolls: These rolls are important for the Lord to multiply. He does not need our little loaves of bread, yet through these small commitments the world can easily recognise His presence. Through this participation in the divine project, we become collaborators with God. What a joy to be able to work with the Lord!
Begin everything with a prayer: Let everything begin and end in prayer. May this prayer is the source of our words and actions. Jesus showed us this path of prayer, through his own contemplation of the Father's will, that they may be one, as we are ONE. The fulfilment of the Father's will gave him joy. May our joy be found in that fulfilment; in bringing everyone to the Lord.
Action of the day: Be generous.
“How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
Fr. Joan COSTA i Bou
Today we reflect on the multiplication of the bread and fish in the Gospel. Many people —Matthew states— “came to him” (Mt 15:30). Men and women who were in need of Christ: blind people, cripples and sick people of every kind, together with those who accompanied them. We are all in need of Christ. Of his tenderness, his forgiveness, his light, his mercy... In him, the fullness of all that is human can be found.
Today's Gospel makes us aware of the need for men who will lead others to Christ. Those who bring Jesus the sick so that he can cure them are the image of all those who know that the greatest act of charity towards their fellow man is to get them close to Christ, the source of our life. A life of faith demands holiness and apostolate.
Saint Paul urges us (Phil 2:5) to have the same feelings as Christ. This story shows what Jesus' heart is like: “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd”. He cannot leave them, because they are hungry and tired. Christ searches man out in his necessity and manages to be there for us to find. How good He is to us! And how important we people are for Him! Our hearts swell with gratitude, admiration and a sincere wish for conversion.
This God made man, all-powerful, who loves us passionately, and whom we need in everything and for everything —“because without me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5)— paradoxically requires something from us as well: this is the meaning of the seven loaves of bread and the few fish that he will use to feed a crowd. If we really realized how much Jesus counts on us, and of the value of all we do for Him, as small as it is, we would try all the harder to correspond to Him with all our being?