Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 15, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


1 Kings 12:26-32, 13:33-34

Psalm 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22

Mark 8:1-10

There are two thoughts that move me whenever I pray or proclaim (at Mass) this passage from Saint mark.  The first is of the incredible compassion of Jesus when He says, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd…”  I take great comfort that He has the same concern and care for all of us to this very day.

The second thought that touches me occurs when Jesus expresses concern for the people who are tired, weak, and hungry – as we often are.  His first instinct is to help.  “Feed them,” as he told His disciples.  They ask Him a very honest question.  How?  But Jesus gave a command and they trusted their friend and leader and began to distribute the few loaves and fish.  The crowd ate and “were satisfied.” 

This is where we should pause and try to feel what went through the disciple’s hearts and minds.  Imagine their wonder and awe as the food kept multiplying from their hands.  Because they trusted Jesus they were able to bring comfort to the crowd.  I suspect that they too were “satisfied.”

When we identify with the disciples we have to ask ourselves, “How can I nourish my companions on the journey called life, since I have so little to offer?”  Then I recalled a prayer exercise a priest friend once taught me.  I open my hands and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me how God has blessed and nourished so many because they trusted Him.  I then begin to understand how God has multiplied the gifts and graces He gives us is an exercise in humility, joy and great gratitude for our service to Him.

If I may, I would like to offer you a short story.  At the end of World War II American soldiers were helping the Germans rebuild a small town outside of Munich.  The Catholics there had built a beautiful church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  In the rear of the church, there had been a hand carved statue of Jesus.  When the soldiers pieced the statue back together, they discovered that the only parts missing were the hands.  So they fashioned a sign which they placed around the neck of the statue.  It read, “He has no hands but yours.” 

Jesus reaches out to us today, asking us to reach out with Him to each other.

Question of the Day:  Will you be the “hands” of our Lord Jesus and help those who hunger and thirst for Him?

Prayer:  “He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.”  (Communion Antiphon for today)



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