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Liturgical day: Wednesday 1st of Advent

Gospel text (Mt 15,29-37): «I am filled with compassion for these people; they have already followed me for three days and now have nothing to eat». Jesus went to the shore of Lake Galilee, and then went up into the hills where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the dumb, the blind, the lame, the crippled, and many with other infirmities. The people carried them to the feet of Jesus, and he healed them. All were astonished when they saw the dumb speaking, the lame walking, the crippled healed and the blind able to see; so they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus called his disciples and said to them, «I am filled with compassion for these people; they have already followed me for three days and now have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away fasting, or they may faint on the way». His disciples said to him, «And where shall we find enough bread in this wilderness to feed such a crowd?». Jesus said to them, «How many loaves do you have?». They answered, «Seven, and a few small fish». So Jesus ordered the people to sit on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the small fish and gave thanks to God. He broke them and gave them to his disciples, who distributed them to the people.

They all ate and were satisfied, and the leftover broken pieces filled seven wicker baskets.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we see Jesus healing many sick people and nurturing many people who were hungry. God wants to heal and feed us all. So Jesus will be born in Christmas: He approaches us to save us all; He wants to take us to the Father's eternal House.

- Can Jesus save all men? Yes, because He is God. Then, how come there still are so many troubles in our world? Because we have not yet accepted Him. Do you truly want to receive Him?