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Liturgical day: Saturday 5th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 8,1-10): Jesus ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves and giving thanks, he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute. And they distributed them among the people (...). The people ate and were satisfied. A great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his disciples and said to them, «I feel sorry for these people because they have been with me for three days and now have nothing to eat. If I send them to their homes hungry, they will faint on the way; some of them have come a long way». His disciples replied, «Where in a deserted place like this could we get enough bread to feed these people?». He asked them, «How many loaves have you?». And they answered, «Seven».

Then He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves and giving thanks, he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute. And they distributed them among the people. They also had some small fish, so Jesus said a blessing and asked that these be shared as well. The people ate and were satisfied. The broken pieces were collected, seven wicker baskets full of leftovers. Now there had been about four thousand people. Jesus sent them away and immediately got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus opens up His Heart: “I feel sorry for these people, for it is now three days since they started following me…” Three days with the Master! First he has given them the “food” for the soul: religious teachings. After, Jesus corresponds to the fidelity of His followers, He does not let them go hungry: there was food for all (over 20,000 mouths).

-Some of them perhaps have left earlier. We always find people who are in a hurry! Just imagine what they missed!