Matthew 14: 13-21
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew
from there in a boat to a deserted place by
himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him
on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he
saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them
and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples
came to him and said, "This is a deserted place,
and the hour is now late; send the crowds away
so that they may go into the villages and buy
food for themselves." Jesus said to them, "They need not
go away; you give them something to eat." They replied,
"We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish."
And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he
ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking
the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up
to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave
them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to
the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they
took up what was left over of the broken pieces,
twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five
thousand men, besides women and children.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you want me to
have faith in you, faith that hearkens to your words
without any second guessing. I hope in your words, not
relying solely on my own strength or reasoning. I love
you. You continue to astonish me by showing me that
your ways are not my ways.
Petition: Lord Jesus, let me know you more intimately.
1. Heart-to-Heart with His Father:
There is no greater joy than spending some quality time,
one-on-one, with the person we love the most. We may
have heard our dad say, “Let your mother and I
spend some time together”, or “We are going on our
second honeymoon.” It is also like the dad who treats
his kids to a special dinner to celebrate something special
– just father and son; father and daughter. Special things
happen when we open our hearts to the one we
love. Christ did this a lot. Always united to his
Father, he treasured the moments of solitude he could spend
speaking with him of the things they loved.
2. A Magnanimous Heart: After his love
for the Father, Christ’s greatest love is us. He cannot
stand to see us in need. Like any father, friend
or brother, his heart melts when he sees us suffering.
Christ always came back from the heart-to-heart times with his
Father with a keen awareness of the needs of others
and of ways to remedy any problem. It was so
natural, almost effortless. Our own growth in virtue is directly
related to how much time we spend in real, personal
and passionate prayer with our Lord. From these heart-to-hearts, virtue
grows and overtakes us in a very natural way, because
our Lord’s love is contagious.
3. Nothing Is Impossible for God: God can perform miracles
whenever he wants and however he wants. Nothing can hold
him back. Still we often ask ourselves, “Why doesn’t Christ
perform the miracle that I need in my life –
my health problem, my work, my spouse, my children?” Could
it be that we’re seeking something less than what He
wishes to give us? God has a plan for each
of our lives. It includes moments of great joys and
of crosses. At times we may not understand God’s plan,
but that’s when we need to pray all the more
and entrust ourselves to him even more than before. It
is only through humble, constant, urgent prayer that we’ll receive
the answers to our heart-wrenching questions and the grace we
need to carry the cross courageously and lovingly, following in
the footsteps of the one who shows us the way
by carrying our cross first.
with Christ: Lord Jesus, help me to know you better
as the one who loves me more than anyone else
in the world. There’s so much noise and so many
things and activities that compete for the time I would
like to spend with you. Help me to make you
the true priority in my life. I know this will
bring order and peace to my life.
Resolution: I will spend five minutes before our
Lord in the Blessed Sacrament today.