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Sunday 18th (A) in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 14,13-21): His disciples came to him and said, «We are in a lonely place and it is now late. You should send these people away, so they can go to the villages and buy something for themselves to eat». On hearing about the death of John the Baptist, Jesus set out secretly by boat for a secluded place. But the people heard of it, and they followed him on foot from their towns. When Jesus went ashore, He saw the crowd gathered there and He had compassion on them. And He healed their sick.

Late in the afternoon, his disciples came to him and said, «We are in a lonely place and it is now late. You should send these people away, so they can go to the villages and buy something for themselves to eat». But Jesus replied, «They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat». They answered, «We have nothing here but five loaves and two fishes». Jesus said to them, «Bring them here to me».

Then He made everyone sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fishes, raised his eyes to heaven, pronounced the blessing, broke the loaves and handed them to the disciples to distribute to the people. And they all ate, and everyone had enough; then the disciples gathered up the leftovers, filling twelve baskets. About five thousand men had eaten there besides women and children.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are rendered in the reaction of the disciples: how easily we "send people away"! Jesus, however, displays a different mentality, another way of doing: even when resting, if He sees any needy souls, He jumps out of the boat and attends to them spiritually and materially (whatever it takes!).

-When we "send someone away” (because it is late, because ...) we are "sending God himself away”. How many reasons have we not given Him to get tired of us! And yet...