Friday 13 April 2018

About Today Readings

St Martin. Day of Penance.

Acts 5:34-42. Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14. John 6:1-15.

One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord—Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14.

Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’

What politician or public figure, seeing a crowd arriving to hear him or her speak, would be concerned about their welfare? If it were an isolated area, would he or she worry about how they might get food or drink? Yet Jesus did just that. Not only did he speak to them of the Father’s love and show compassion by healing the sick, he also responded to their basic need for food.

Jesus got there before psychologist Abraham Maslow, with his hierarchy of needs. There is no point in speaking to people about the love of God if they are hungry, frightened or without shelter. Jesus, help me look at my world as you do. Help me see the poverty and loneliness that exist in my street or suburb and respond where I can.

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