Be Jesus for Others


FEBRUARY 13, 2021 

Saturday – Week Five

WORD of the DAY 

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, Jesus summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets. There were about four thousand people. He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha. (Mark 8:  1 -10)

How shall I live this Word?  

Like Jesus’ contemporaries, we too want to be helped to overcome the serious health emergency that afflicts us. In truth, even more than Covid-19 and all its consequences, the pandemic of indifference, selfishness, arrogance, and pride that have prepared the field should worry us. But how can Jesus today help humanity to get out of the multiplicity of problems in which it finds itself? I would answer in this way: following the way He anticipated in the miracles of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and fully realized in the institution of the Eucharist. A way to which the invitation is associated: “do this in memory of me”, with which the Master asks the disciples not to statically repeat, in an almost magical way, His words and gestures, but to propose them as an antidote, drug , powerful medicine, vaccine to heal from everything that hinders the construction of the civilization of love, the building of a world in which fraternity, acceptance, understanding, respect, peace, and justice are not only beautiful words but the reality shared by all.

Lord, help us make Your attitudes ours. Let us learn every day what it means to “welcome”, “thank”, “share” and “collaborate” so that the miracle of bread may still  be realized in our history. Amen.

The Voice of  St. John Paul II Homily 28 March 2020

Participation in the Lord’s table cannot be separated from the duty to love one’s neighbor. Every time we participate in the Eucharist, we too pronounce our “Amen” before the Body and Blood of the Lord. In this way we commit ourselves to do what Christ did, “wash the feet” of the brothers and sisters, transforming ourselves into a concrete and transparent image of the One who “emptied Himself, assuming the condition of a servant” (Phil 2: 7).

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