Matthew 15:29-37 NRSVue
29After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. 30Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the maimed, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, 31so 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.
32Then 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.” 33The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?” 34Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36he 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. 37And all of them ate and were filled, and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
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.
Here are details that touch me, Lord. You felt compassion, which carries a weight of meaning. Denis Thatcher once commented about it to his wife Margaret: /Compassion? Not one of our words, dear./ It was one of yours, Lord. It was more than a warm feeling; it meant that you did something about it. Save me from warm feelings that are a substitute for effective action.
You did not fetch goodies from the sky like a magician. You started with what the apostles already had to hand, seven loaves and a few small fish. Teach me, Lord, to use everything I am given.
There are times in my life when I need to be healed from over-anxiousness, shame, anger or a broken relationship. Am I willing to place my need for healing before the risen Jesus and ask for his help?
Jesus gives thanks before breaking the seven loaves and the fish. What do I wish to thank God for today?