Tuesday After Epiphany
Malvern Minute


Tuesday After Epiphany

January 7, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: Saint Raymond of Penyafort (c.1175-1275) Patron Saint of Canon Lawyers

First Letter of Saint John 4:7-10

Psalm 72

Mark 6:34-44

“They all ate and were satisfied.”  In today’s Gospel we experience the multiplication of the five loaves and two fish.  Isn’t it amazing that our Lord can do so much with so little?  Have you ever asked yourself, “Isn’t it amazing what the Lord can do through me?”  At every single Mass, the Lord Jesus feeds countless millions throughout the world.  Have you ever considered how powerful the words you hear at Mass are during the Liturgy of the Eucharist when our Holy priests proclaim, “Take this all of you and eat it, this is my body which will be give up for you.”  Yes, it is truly amazing what our Risen Lord can do through just one of His priests so all of us can eat and be satisfied.

But Saint Mark also describes the disciples as uncaring and inconsiderate as they simply wanted Jesus to dismiss the crowd and for them to take care of their own needs.  But like a “good shepherd” Jesus was full of love and compassion for the crowds who were “like sheep without a shepherd” and ordered the disciples to “feed them.”  Out of His love came the miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish.  With this incredible act of compassion Jesus is telling all of us that none of need to go away, and that there will always be something for us to eat. 

The Good News for us today is that through Jesus’ great love we will always be fed as was the crowd in today’s Gospel.  God’s love for us is unconditional which means that He loves us completely and perfectly each and every day of our lives.  

We must offer our prayers to all those who hunger throughout the world, all who are imprisoned by sin, by addiction or anything else that keeps them from responding to God’s great love.  May they all come to the table of the Lord to eat and be satisfied.

Question of the Day:  Will you offer your assistance to those who are hungry or  in need of the basic necessities of life?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, by your example allow me to have a compassionate heart in order to serve others who are in need.




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