Sunday, August 03, 2014

Today's Gospel: Mt. 14:13-21

The Gospel says in one place, "his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick." The first step to receiving Jesus is to recognize how sick we are. Indeed, he had said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick."

It seems also that Jesus knows what is in a man, because he invites the disciples to meet the problem with their own resources. That is folly, and he will say another time, "Apart from me, you can do nothing." Yet he doesn't refuse what they bring; did you see that? They still must bring it. What little we have, we bring, and we offer it in sacrifice. It is Jesus who makes it count for the Kingdom, as a teacher I had might say.

He always does more than we ask or imagine, and even if the story of our lives is littered with our betrayal, we must never tire of asking. Let us be the persistent widow at the door of His mercy.

Even in the harsh desert of this life, God's little ones can find the food which does not perish.

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