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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
Only Our Lord would be grateful, give thanks, and attempt to feed thousands with seven loaves and a few fish. Not just because he is God, but because he is humble enough and believes that he can change people’s lives. Reflecting on this miracle, what an inspirational moment, that these people were willing to go hungry for days just to remain in his presence and hear his message.
That first Christmas Jesus had so little, yet he had all that he needed, his mother, the Father, and their unconditional love. During Advent, as we prepare for Christmas, let’s remember what makes Christmas blessed: not presents, but Christ’s presence…and what we should be seeking is Christ’s presence among us, in our families, our neighbors, our workmates, our friends, and in our lives. This simple, yet obvious aspect of Christmas is far too often overlooked.
Where is our Lord present in your life?
—John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.
You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat;
come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.
—Omer Westendorf, © 1977, Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaPlease share the Good Word with your friends!