Reflection on reading of the day Aug 3. “God Provides”

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.”
Jesus 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.(Mat 14:13-21)

Pope Francis writes, “Multiplication of the loaves is not a magic trick, but a sign of trust in God’s providence.”

We read, “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.” Jesus did not cure the sick to prove anything. Jesus cured the sick because his heart was moved with compassion. How many people did Jesus cure? Well we read at the end of the Gospel,”Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.” A good guess is that there was at least 10,000 people there. So when we read, “He cured their sick.” It is reasonable to assume that thousands of people were healed.

Pope Francis writes, “Jesus thinks instead according to the logic of God, which is that of sharing. How many times, we turn the other side so as not to see the brother in need? And this, looking the other way, is a polite way of saying with white gloves on: ‘Fend for yourselves.’ This is not of Jesus. This is selfishness!”

Question of the day. Do I believe God will provide for all my needs? Am I generous with what I have? Where can I be more generous?

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