Daily Reflection – Feb 6, 2016
Saturday 6 February 2016
First Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-13
Lord, teach me your decrees
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:30-34
Today’s Saint: St Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.
When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
God feeds us in abundance.
The feeding of the 5,000 is the only one of Jesus’ miracles recorded in all four Gospels.
This is a hopeful passage, because it shows Jesus using the gifts of a small boy who had just five barley loaves and two fish to offer. The story shows us how God will multiply what is given for his glory.
Pope Francis uses the metaphor: ‘Add some more water to the beans.’ By adding water to the beans, the meal is extended, and can feed more people.
The Lord’s blessing and sharing in this Gospel story shows the desire that his people might live, and live in abundance.
Where in our lives can we add some water to the beans? Where can we bless the dough we mould? How can we use our gifts and talents and multiply them for God’s glory?