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Matthew 15:29-37

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After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?" Jesus asked them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 

Matthew 15:29-37
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    • Lord, you are the one who notices when we are hungry, or tired, or disorganised, and without making a fuss you reach out to our needs. The crowds wore you out, bringing you the maimed, the mute and the blind. Again and again in the Gospels you are the one who feeds the hungry, and gives them strength for their journey. You are the bread of life.
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    • Mother Teresa said about Jesus, ‘He uses us to be his love and compassion in the world in spite of our weaknesses and frailties.’ In this miracle Jesus does not produce food out of nowhere. He takes the little that the apostles have, and he multiplies it a thousand fold. No matter how little I think I have to give, once I freely place my gifts in Jesus’ service they become limitless.
    • In the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, I am reminded that Jesus can also provide spiritual sustenance beyond my imagining. There is a mysterious disproportion between what I give and what the Lord makes of it.
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    • Jesus had compassion for the crowds. He sees me among them and knows my needs. I tell him where I am most challenged and listen for his word.
    • Fullness of life and ability was offered to the sick and to those in need. Jesus calls me to full life, forgiving and healing any lack of capacity or effort that I have, inviting me to be a fuller sign of God's presence.