Monday, August 5, 2019
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. Matthew 14:13-14
In today’s Gospel, we are told of the 5 loafs and 2 fish feeding the 5000 men plus women and children. We are told of the 12 baskets left over. Following our celebrations last night, we can certainly associate, remarking on all the food prepared and left into Higgins’ by the good people of our Parish. God radiates through these people in their generosity as it does with all associated in the preparations.
However to focus elsewhere on the Gospel this morning, humanly speaking, Jesus’ heart was grieved by the death of John the Baptist. He loved John and was deeply saddened by his beheading. So He withdrew in a boat to a deserted place alone. But the crowds were hungry for more! The people still needed Jesus. They still had their needs and needed his intervention.
What was Jesus’ reaction? Did He look at them and sigh saying to Himself, “Why don’t they leave me alone. Don’t they know I am grieving?” No. Instead, Jesus was filled with mercy and compassion for them and he went to them to heal many of their sick.
Reflect, today, upon how comfortable you are in turning to Jesus just as you are. Are you afraid or worried about what He thinks of you? Are you ashamed of your sin or weakness? Do you worry He will judge you and not care? Have confidence in His abundance of mercy and run to Him without fear.
Lord, help me to trust in Your love and compassion. Help me to know that You always long for me to come to You. As You never tire of me coming to You, may I never tire of coming to You. Jesus, I trust in You.