The gruesome death of John the Baptist urges Jesus to seek solitude. However, crowds track Jesus down, interrupting the gift of spending time alone. Compassion for the crowd shifts Jesus’ awareness from grief over the death of his beloved cousin. The multiplied loaves and fish prefigure another miracle related to his own death—Holy Communion.
The miracle of the loaves and fish does not occur without the cooperation of the disciples: “You feed them,”commands Jesus.
Do the needs of others—and sometimes their unreasonable claims upon you—seem so hard to juggle? Slow things up, through prayer and contemplation. Spend time alone with your Lord; God will teach you how to have your few gifts pass through the Lord’s hands into yours for multiplied cycles of flight to heaven.
What are these?
A deserted place alone v. 13
Compassion upon the crowd v. 14
“You give them something to eat.” v. 16
You take, bless and break my loaves v. 19
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
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