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Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 8:1-10): He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd (...). They ate and were satisfied In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, Jesus summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied.

He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets. There were about four thousand people. He dismissed them and got into the boat with his disciples and came 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!