The Feeding of the Four Thousand
We know how
important the Eucharistic gatherings were to the early Church. There are two
accounts of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes in Mark and Matthew and
one each in Luke and John.
In this account
Jesus is moved with pity for the people.
They have come a great distance, which likely means there are gentiles
among them. They are hungry, but rather than send them off to fend for
themselves, Jesus feeds them. All are welcome.
Prayer: Help me to be as compassionate and welcoming
as you are, Lord. One kind word or gesture on my part could make all the
difference in a person’s feeling welcome at your table.