Come, Holy Spirit. Multiply your gifts within me.
Picture Jesus feeding the crowds.
This is the first of two multiplications of food in Mark’s gospel (one for a Jewish crowd and the other for Gentiles). This miracle is told in all four gospels (therefore, very important) and told six times altogether. It is so central because it prefigures Jesus’ gift of Eucharist. Epiphany means manifestation and these gospels are Jesus’ manifesting himself.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Jesus does two things. He preaches and he heals.
- The crowd responds. They pass the whole day with Jesus, heedless of even their need to eat.
- Jesus will provide a great abundance, supernaturally.
- The disciples’ thinking lacks faith. They want to solve the problem in a natural way
- Jesus blessing and breaking the bread will happen again at the Last Supper. This miracle previews the Eucharist.
- Jesus brings all to completion. The people have their fill and twelve baskets are left over for us.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, speak to me about the reign of God.
- O Lord, I will stay with you during the whole day of my life.
- O Jesus, your plans for me are supernatural, beyond my greatest dreams.
- Every day, you multiply the bread from heaven. Help me to love the Eucharist.
- Complete your work in me.Bring all to an abundance.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ Today, I will seek out Jesus’ teachings.
+ I will seek Holy Communion every day.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
The disciples said, “Send them away.” Jesus said, “How many loaves do you have?”
He blessed them, broke them and gave them to the disciples to distribute.