Sunday 2 August 2020
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 55:1-3. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs – Psalm 144(145):8-9, 15-18. Romans 8:35, 37-39. Matthew 14:13-21.
The feeding of the five thousand
Jesus, hearing of John the Baptist’s death, withdrew to the wilderness. Whether Jesus was grieving for John or preparing for a new stage in his ministry we cannot be sure. In either case he was swiftly interrupted, beset by people seeking him and the healing he offered. Here he provides a challenging example, instead of asserting his right to privacy and rest his compassion for the people overflows in ministering to them through healing. In order to allow them to remain with him Jesus then performs one of the greatest miracles narrated in the Gospels, multiplying a small amount of food to provide for thousands. It is deeply reassuring to me to know that, so long as we should seek him, Jesus will not only receive us, but will provide whatever is needed so that we can remain close to him.