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Liturgical day: January 8th (Weekdays of the Christmas season)

Gospel text (Mk 6, 34-44): As Jesus went ashore he saw a large crowd, and he had compassion on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began a long teaching session with them. As Jesus went ashore he saw a large crowd, and he had compassion on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began a long teaching session with them. It was now getting late, so his disciples came to him and said, «This is a lonely place and it is now late. You should send the people away and let them go to the farms and villages around here to buy themselves something to eat». Jesus replied, «You yourselves give them something to eat». They answered, «If we are to give them food, we must go and buy two hundred silver coins' worth of bread». But Jesus said, «You have some loaves: how many? Go and see». The disciples found out and said, «There are five loaves and two fish».

Then he told them to have the people sit down together in groups on the green grass. This they did in groups of hundreds and fifties. And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and, raising his eyes to heaven, he pronounced a blessing, broke the loaves and handed them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them. They all ate and everyone had enough. The disciples gathered up what was left and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces of bread and fish. Five thousand men had eaten there.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, this Gospel shows us how God wants to save us. A short while ago we still were celebrating His birth: He arrived as a helpless baby, poor, suffering persecution very soon... Today we see Him as a teacher, while bearing the sufferings of the people: He cures their ailments and feed them with a great miracle.

-Perhaps the most important thing He does for us is that "He teaches us many things". Through Jesus Christ, God opens His insides and welcomes us into His Divine Heart.