Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time

Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time
February 15, 2020

WORD of the DAY

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, he 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?” “Seven,” they replied. 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 them 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?

We are faced with a new multiplication of loaves. Mark had already reported one in chapters 6:34-7:37. For Mark, it is important to call the community to a deeper reflection on the central meaning of the Eucharist, as a Word, as “compassion” which makes itself real Bread. It is Jesus, it is His good for us, which feeds us. This Love, on the Cross, will become the Bread broken for everyone’s life: a free gift of self that asks to be ‘helped’, imitated by the disciples, and by all of us in the gift and compassion.


The voice of Pope Francis, Homily at Opening Mass of the 5th National Eucharistic Congress, Bolivia

The vision of Jesus does not accept a logic, a vision that always “cuts the thread” of those who are weaker, of those who need it most. By accepting the ‘bet’, He Himself sets the example, shows us the way. An indication enclosed in three words: take some bread and some fish, bless them, divide them, and deliver them so that the disciples will share it with others. This is the way of the miracle, concluded Pope Francis. Jesus, through these three actions, manages to transform a logic of waste into a logic of communion, into a logic of community.” __________________________________________________________________________
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA

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