Saturday 10 February 2018
1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34. Psalm 105(106):6-7, 19-22. Mark 8:1-10.
Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people—Psalm 105(106):6-7, 19-22.
‘If I send them home, they’ll collapse.’
Jesus shows great compassion and care for the huge crowd who had followed him and been captivated by his teaching for three whole days. He knew many had travelled great distances. The disciples were perplexed. The idea of feeding such a crowd was beyond them. Had they already forgotten the feeding of the five thousand? Jesus had left Galilee and was in Gentile country. He knew they needed to hear his message too. Once again, he shows his humanness. He wants to feed them so they won’t become ‘faint-hearted’.
There is a very strong Eucharistic theme to this miracle. Jesus takes the loaves and fishes, blesses them, and shares them with the crowd. This happens each time we celebrate the Mass. Maybe this story can help to bring a freshness to each Eucharist we share.
Just as he gave them the food they needed, Jesus will give us what we need. Lord, may we be aware of the miracle of your presence in every moment of our day and especially in the Eucharist.