Posted by: livingscripture | December 2, 2015

First Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd…’How many loaves do you have?’  ‘Seven 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.”     

(Matthew 15: 32-36)

How should we live this WordJesus feeds the crowd

 The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish narrated by Matthew in today’s Gospel is a clear sign that reminds us of the Eucharist.  It is interesting to note the word that is rarely used to express the compassion of Jesus for the crowds following Him, ‘pity’ which indicates the maternal viscera of a woman who is moved to see her son suffering from hunger.

The Eucharist comes precisely from this sentiment of the ‘compassion’ of Jesus for us.  It is the bread He gives us to nourish and sustain us on the journey of life, a tiring journey on which we sometimes have the sensation of finding ourselves in a desert, alone and abandoned.

“How many loaves do you have?”  It is an unsettling question.  To nourish the people in the desert, Jesus asked the disciples to bring all they had.  It was very little, almost nothing.  The Lord wants to involve us in His work and He asks us to put at His disposition all the means that we have, even if it is only a little.  He does not want to act alone; He wants to need us and wants us to bring Him whatever little we have.  Then Jesus took the bread and fish, blessed them, gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people, and everyone was satisfied.

Jesus wants to continue this multiplication even today and wants us to open our hearts to the needs of the crowds.  He continually asks us, “How much bread do you have?”  We need to stop going to Sunday Mass and Communion merely with the attitude of fulfilling a law but begin to feel responsible for those around us, bringing our personal contribution to feed the many hungry people of our day.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me put at His disposition all that I can to help Him in His work of caring for this world and all its many needs.

Jesus, grant me a generous heart!

 The Voice of St. Justin, Apologist and Martyr

 The distribution and participation in the Eucharist reach each one insofar as we give, by means of the deacons, to those who are not present.  Those who are rich and willing freely give and what is gathered is given to the presider who uses it to help the orphans and widows, the sick, and all the needy, whether in prison or passing strangers.   In short, he takes care of all those who are in need.

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