18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 55, 1-3; Romans 8: 35, 37-39; Matthew 14: 13-21
The people of Galilee began to realise that in Jesus, someone special was in their midst: a young man who could heal, and who spoke “with authority” in ways which enthralled his listeners. Hoping for some quiet time to compose himself, Jesus withdrew from the crowds, but they quickly guessed where He was going, and went after Him, so that when He stepped ashore, the crowd was already waiting expectantly once more to have all their needs fulfilled.
Immediately, Jesus has compassion on the crowd, even to the extent of making sure that they don’t go away hungry from that deserted place after a long day. The bread which He multiplied to supply the bodily needs of the Galilean multitude that day was, of course, a foreshadowing of the heavenly food which He was about to give as spiritual nourishment to those who would become His new followers – and us – that day, until the end of time.
Those Galileans must have been grateful for His providing so kindly and thoughtfully for their bodily needs. How much more grateful should we be for the miracle by means of which He has left us Himself to be our daily spiritual food?
When we compare
our own unworthiness with His incredible love and thoughtfulness, perhaps all
that’s left for us to say is, “Lord, You know that I am not worthy to
receive You. Nevertheless, You offer
constantly to come into my heart, into my soul. Make me less unworthy, forgive
all my past sins and offences, and give me the strength to be better in the future.”