Fifth Saturday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday, February 16, 2019 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. (Mark 8: 1-3) How shall I live this Word? These words of Jesus vibrantly express a capacity for understanding, a very human and compassionate feeling. Very far from understanding Jesus were those who sought only to see in Him the manifestations of an affectionate phantasm. No, what the Gospel again reveals to us today regards pregnancy, the authenticity of the Mystery of the Incarnation. Jesus is God and is also fully human. Jesus, true God, You really became a human being. Your sentiments impregnated with affectionate understanding, sharing, and tenderness shake me out of certain habitual comfort zone. Lord, convert me to solidarity with those who today are migrants, the homeless, all the suffering people on our...