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The healing of many people

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Mt 15:29-37psalm

At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to Him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at His feet, and He cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned His disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with Me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to Him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over — seven baskets full.

Reflection

My heart is moved with pity for the crowd. The Gospel underlines how much Jesus feels for the people who have followed Him, so that He gives His whole time and meets their needs both of body and of spirit. He heals all who are sick: “The lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others.”

And Jesus also satisfies their hunger by multiplying the “little” that the disciples have. In this miracle, we see the human inability of the disciples to see how such a large crowd can be fed with only a few pieces of bread. On the other hand, we see how Jesus shows them God’s power to multiply what human beings can afford to give. As Jesus says, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible” (Mt. 19:26).

How do we react in the face of seeming “lack” or “insufficiency”? How often do we withdraw before a need because we perceive the task to be impossible?

Let us give God a chance!

Source: “365 Days with the Lord 2017,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

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