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Mark 6:34-44

The Word of God

As Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.' But he answered them, 'You give them something to eat.' They said to him, 'Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?' And he said to them, 'How many loaves have you? Go and see.' When they had found out, they said, 'Five, and two fish.' Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

Mark 6:34-44
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    • The feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle of Jesus which appears in all four gospels. Jesus, however, does not distribute the bread and fish himself but delegates his disciples to do this. Today that is how Jesus continues to come into people’s lives – through the agency of his dedicated followers.
    • The breaking and sharing of bread among all present is symbolic of the life of the Christian community. It is one where all the resources of the community are shared and divided in such a way that no-one is in need. How can I share this life today?
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    • Jesus’ compassion is highlighted here again. Let me chat with him about compassion because it is so central in his life. Is he telling me that God IS compassion,and that we humans need to become like him? The kingdom of heaven belongs, it seems, to the compassionate. Jesus has compassion for me, he IS compassion for me! I ask him to help me to be more compassionate to myself, as well as to others. Let my tombstone read, ‘She/he radiated compassion’
    • When I am caught in a stormy situation, even if it is of my own making, do I think to turn to Jesus for help? He sees me struggling, as the disciples were. Can I hear him call out above the wind, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid!’ Try doing that even now if something is upsetting you. Notice that mysteriously the pressure eases, calm comes, and he and you can go forward together. This is what it means to be a disciple--a life with the Lord at its centre. I pray for that gift.
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    • ‘He had compassion on the crowd’. Do I share his concern for the many in today’s world, both old and younger, who are like sheep without a shepherd? If Jesus said to me what he says to the disciples, ‘You give them something to eat!’ have I anything to offer a hungry world? Can I help even one person? Can I be ‘good news’ to even one of the millions who are in need?
    • Real prayer involves a change in my behaviour. So I need to be like the bewildered disciples here and ‘go and see’ what resources I might use to serve the needy. Perhaps I couldn’t risk a new initiative, but could I join a concerned group? Or perhaps I need to start further back and ask the Lord for a share in that passionate love that got him going that day? David Whyte has the lines: ‘Forget the news / and the radio / and the blurred screen. This is the time of loaves and fishes./ People are hungry / and one good word is bread / for a thousand.’
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    • The twelve apostles had returned from their first mission, all eager to tell Jesus about their new experiences of preaching and healing the sick. He invited them to a picnic at a quiet spot on the lakeshore. Jesus himself needed to grieve for the cruel death of John the Baptist. Their hopes were dashed when they found a great crowd there ahead of them. In his compassion, Jesus puts the people’s needs first and calls on the twelve to serve these thousands, gather up the fragments and then go back without him. Tough challenges for them! A message for me?
    • Jesus foreshadows the super-abundant gift of the Eucharist when he looks up to heaven, blesses and breaks the loaves, and gives them to his disciples to set before the people.
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    • This is the story of a spoiled picnic and a miraculous feast. The apostles had returned from their first mission, feeling special and eager to tell Jesus about their experiences of preaching, casting out demons and healing the sick. Jesus too needed to grieve following the cruel death of John the Baptist, sensing perhaps that a similar fate awaited him. He invited them to a picnic at a quiet spot on the lakeshore.
    • Their hopes were dashed when they found thousands there ahead of them. Out of compassion Jesus puts the people’s needs first. He calls on the Twelve to share their food, to serve these thousands and then to ensure no food is wasted. Serious lessons that with their hard hearts they were slow to take in.
    • The actions of Jesus are exactly similar to his actions at the Last Supper. Here he anticipates the superabundant gift of the Eucharist.
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    • The people of God had always looked forward to the coming of the Messiah or Saviour – who would usher in an era of plenty with a feast for God’s family. And this is what Jesus here provides.
    • We are fortunate to be living in this golden age, when God – in Jesus - is ready to shower abundance upon us. We thank him for his gifts.
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    • To his disciples, exhausted by all the unscripted coming and going of the crowds, Jesus said ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.’
    • This is the origin of the Christian practice of making a retreat: a lonely place, where we can drop our public mask, reflect on our life, and rest. I do it in a small way whenever I beam in on Sacred Space and devote some time to just God and me.
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    • The feeding of the five thousand speaks of the generosity of God and his kindness towards us. When God gives, he gives abundantly. He gives us more than we need for ourselves so that we can share with those who lack what they need.
    • Jesus, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. Fill me with gratitude for your blessings. Give me a generous heart that I may freely share what you have given to me.
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    • As you click into /Sacred Space/, you are answering Jesus’ invitation to come away to a deserted place and rest a while. Do not be afraid of being alone. Fear rather the opposite: as Pascal wrote: /The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room./ Jesus allowed the crowds to surround him and draw comfort from him; but to refresh his own strength he retreated alone into communion with his heavenly father.
    • The words 'go and see' contrast to the 'come and see' of the earlier meetings of the disciples with Jesus. Jesus encourages us to go out and discover the needs of the people. Here the needs are placed within the context of food, and the disciples learn that with the Lord they can feed the people. Feeding in the scripture also means teaching. The event is a big teaching event: that God in his love is over-generous with a love and care which never ends. Within their own hearts the disciples discovered that and learned that they were the feeder-line from God to the people. You and I are the same. With our 'two fish' - whatever our personal gifts and talents are - we can be the feeder-line of God to his people in love and care. The sheep without shepherds will find care in the followers of Jesus.
    • 'Come and see' is an invitation we have heard in prayer. The invitation and command now is to 'go and see'. Jesus knows there are basic needs in the big crowd that gathers around him. The apostles are to go and see what is needed and what is to be done.
    • Watch and listen today for the needs of the people around you and see how you can express the compassion of God.
    • Mark's story has several levels. There is the stark contrast between the story of Herod's macabre birthday party for the upper classes, told earlier in chapter six, where John the Baptist meets his fate, and Jesus' banquet for ordinary people. On one level the multiplication of the loaves simply represents Jesus' compassion as he puts his divine power at the service of a hungry multitude. On another level, the feeding looks forward to what Jesus will do at the Last Supper when he 'looks up to heaven, blesses and breaks the loaves, and gives them to the disciples.'
    • What place, if any, does Eucharist play in my life?
    • The compassion of Jesus is represented in his heart - the Sacred Heart - that longs for our good. I consider that Jesus opens his heart to me generously, vulnerable and in a life-giving way.
    • The disciples wanted something to be done; Jesus showed them what they might do. I ask for strengthening in the spirit of Jesus able to see and respond to the needs around me.
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