Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

August 1, 2016 – Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com) 

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 Matthew 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
He said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”

But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children.

 

Reflect: The heart of Jesus is always other centered. Even in the midst of his grief over the execution of John the Baptist, Jesus was moved with pity for the crowd who followed him to a deserted place. In contrast, the disciples were too focused on their human limits and abilities. When it came time for the people to eat, the disciples saw the finite – five loaves and two fish – and wanted the people to go away.  Jesus, however, turned to the Father on behalf of the hungry multitude, and the seemingly finite loaves and fish fed at least five thousand men, plus all of the women and children gathered with them – and there were twelve huge baskets of leftovers! Jesus cannot be outdone in his love and mercy for us. He challenges us to trust him and to be disciples of faith who put no limits on God’s love for us.

Do I find myself limiting what I believe Jesus can do for me?  Do I trust Jesus to use me as his disciple so that through me God’s limitless love and mercy can be shown to a hungry and needy world?

Pray: Loving God, please give me the gift of faith. Help me to believe that you provide abundantly and without limit for me and all of those I encounter on the way of discipleship. I pray this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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