SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 10, 2024 WEEK FIVE IN ORDINARY TIME

FEEDING THE FOUR THOUSAND (MK 8:1-10)

Prayer:

O Jesus, feed me with Your Body and Blood, the Bread of Life.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus blessing the bread in the sight of the crowds.

Context:

Earlier (Mk 6:34), Jesus multiplied bread and fish for a Jewish crowd. Now, He repeats the miracle for Gentiles. Some changes occur. Jesus is more active and the disciples are less involved. The focus in on the bread (the fish come later). Jesus’ actions prefigure what he will do at the Last Supper – giving thanks, breaking, giving and distributing. Mark makes this miracle a promise of the Eucharist.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. This story continually stresses that they have nothing to eat and are hungry.
  2. To “faint along the way” means a Christian who tires of his journey in following Christ.
  3. The scene is clearly the same as the Last Supper. Jesus takes bread, breaks it and gives it to his disciples.
  4. The banquet is complete. The hunger is taken away. The people are filled with God’s blessing.
  5. Now, they can be sent away to live devoutly, just as the priest dismisses the people at the end of Mass.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, I hunger for you. I follow you for days and days, seeking only to be in your presence.
  • You do not neglect me. You take care of my needs.
  • Without Holy Communion, I will faint along the way.
  • If you feed me, I will follow you on your journey to Calvary.
  • You multiply your presence. At every Mass, you are the living bread. What more can you do? What more can I ask for?
  • After feeding me, you ask me to be a true disciple.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will receive Holy Communion at every possible opportunity.

+ I will have a total trust in Jesus. He knows all I need.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)