Advent Wk 1st: Wednesday,  Wednesday, 6th December,2017  (Mt 15:29-30,32,35-37)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Jesus’ Compassion: In today’s Gospel Jesus, deeply moved with Compassion for the crowds, cured those who were sick and fed them to the full, as they had not eaten for three days.  Each of us has our needs, and Jesus who feels much Compassion for us, will certainly care for us.  Ponder on, “Do we love Jesus more than our needs?” 

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus reached the shores of the Lake of Galilee, and he went up onto the mountain. He took his seat, and large crowds came to him bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb and many others; these they put down at his feet, and he cured them. 

But Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them off hungry, or they might collapse on the way.’ Then Jesus instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks he broke them and began handing them to the disciples, who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected what was left of the scraps, seven baskets full.

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •In today’s Gospel Jesus demonstrates the power of God and the magnitude of His mercy when He fed five thousand men and cured many who were sick and dying.  

  • •God knows and always gives us more than what we need and deserve. Most importantly, He nourishes us with His life-giving Word and the bread of heaven so that we can attain eternal life with Him. 

  • •Do you believe that only our Lord can satisfy the longing and hungers of our hearts?  Do you believe that nothing in this world can satisfy us in the ways that God’s Word and His Body and Blood can?