MY daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mathew 15:29-37
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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today proclaims Jesus who says, “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.” These words followed by the miracle of multiplication of loaves and fishes.
What can we learn from it? In the multiplication of the loaves and fishes we see a sign and a symbol of what Jesus Christ always does for us. He knows our needs. He always cares.
The important thing from the story is that when Jesus Christ gives, He gives us in abundance. The gospel today account records that the leftovers from the miraculous meal is more than seven times the amount they began with. The fragments left over are seven baskets full.
According to the Bible, seven is a symbol of completion and wholeness. It means that Jesus Christ works for us and gives us abundantly.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ who gives us more than we can deserve. Even, He gives us more than we need. He nourishes us with His life-giving word and with the bread of heaven.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we adore You in the Blessed Sacrament as the Bread of Heaven. You alone can satisfy the longing and hunger in our hearts. May we thirst for Your kingdom and find joy in Your presence in the true Bread of heaven we worship in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, forever and ever. Amen.
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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