O Jesus, do not let my heart be hardened.
Picture Jesus in the boat with the Twelve.
Certainly, the Pharisees have hardened hearts, but this text shows that the disciples’ hearts are hardening also. The multiplication of the loaves has not increased their faith. They have received a sign and still do not believe.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The disciples bring one loaf. This represents Jesus. He is sufficient. That is the theme of this passage.
- These disciples had witnessed Jesus multiplying bread on two occasions, but do not grow in faith.
- They share the leaven of disbelief, a corrupting influence which is hardening their hearts.
- Jesus, seeing their lack of faith, berates them with seven questions, and equates them with the blind Pharisees.
- In spite of all the divine signs, they are going backward in their faith.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, you have given me so many signs.
- You are the one loaf. You are all I need. I will bring you into my boat.
- Remove my unbelief. Take away my worldly spirit.
- Fill me with faith. Let me see and hear and understand and embrace you forever.
- Jesus, increase my confidence in you.
- Jesus, when I see, help me to understand. When I hear, help me to believe.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will ponder for a moment all that God has provided for me.
+ I will set aside lukewarm faith. I will ask Jesus for a living, vibrant faith that always moves ahead.