February 10, 2024, Saturday of Week 5
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In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, Jesus summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets. There were about four thousand people.
Jesus’ Compassion and Abundance
In this Gospel passage, we witness another remarkable demonstration of Jesus’ compassion and abundance. A great crowd had gathered around Jesus, having been with Him for three days without anything to eat. Jesus, moved with pity for the crowd, recognized their need and desired to provide for them.
Jesus engaged His disciples in the process, asking them about the available resources. Despite their initial doubt and confusion about where to find enough bread in such a deserted place, Jesus persisted in finding a solution. The disciples eventually found seven loaves of bread and a few fish.
With gratitude, Jesus took the seven loaves, broke them, and gave them to His disciples to distribute. Miraculously, the small amount of food was multiplied, and it was enough to satisfy the hunger of about four thousand people. Not only were they satisfied, but there were even leftovers, filling seven baskets.
This Gospel passage reveals Jesus’ deep concern for the physical needs of the people and His ability to provide abundantly. It teaches us that Jesus is aware of our struggles and challenges, and He desires to meet our needs. Just as He multiplied the loaves and fish, He can multiply our resources, bless our efforts, and provide for us in ways that surpass our expectations.
Moreover, this story emphasizes the importance of trust and collaboration. The disciples initially doubted the possibility of finding enough food, but Jesus guided them and showed them that with faith, even the seemingly impossible can become a reality. Jesus invites us to trust in His provision and to actively participate in His work of abundance, even when the circumstances seem unfavorable.
As we reflect on this Gospel passage, let us remember the compassion and abundance of Jesus. Let us trust in His provision, knowing that He can meet our needs and satisfy our hunger, both physically and spiritually. May we be inspired to have faith in His ability to multiply our resources and to collaborate with Him in bringing His abundant blessings to others.