Posted by: frburke23 | December 3, 2013

Thought for Wednesday, 1st Week of Advent

Matthew 15:29-37

At that time:
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee,
went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
Great crowds came to him,
having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute,
and many others.
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
the deformed made whole,
the lame walking,
and the blind able to see,
and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
for they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
I do not want to send them away hungry,
for fear they may collapse on the way.”
The disciples said to him,
“Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
to satisfy such a crowd?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish,
gave thanks, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over – seven baskets full.

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I just returned from a trip to Columbus, Ohio to visit our 5 seminarians there.  It was a wonderful trip.  Thanks for your prayers…

Read the first half of this gospel again – slowly.  Imagine yourself being on the scene.  Everyone is bringing Jesus the blind, the lame, and the mute.  One by one, each of them are cured and they begin to glorify God. 

What happens in your heart as you watch this scene unfold?

Are you going to Jesus for healing?

After the miracle of healing, Jesus turned His attention to feeding the masses.  He noticed their hunger and did not want to send them away.  Jesus wanted to feed them.  He took seven loaves and a few fish, gave thanks, broke the bread and fed thousands.  And there was plenty of food left over.

Does this sound familiar?  This is what happens at every Mass!  People come from all over the world with their wounds and their sins.  We bring them to Jesus and we ask for healing.  And then He feeds us with the bread and wine that become His Body and Blood. 

Jesus desires to heal us and feed us.  He desires to give us all that we need.  As we embark on this Advent journey, let us be aware of our sins and our illnesses (spiritual, physical, emotional) and bring them to Jesus at Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Allow Him to heal you, to love you.  Then allow Jesus to feed you with the Bread of Angels – the Eucharist.

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Mateo 15:29-37

En ese momento:
Jesús caminaba por el mar de Galilea,
subió la montaña, se sentó allí.
Grandes multitudes vinieron a él,
que tenían con ellos cojos, ciegos, lisiados, mudos,
y muchos otros.
Los colocaron a sus pies, y él los curó.
Las multitudes se asombraron cuando vieron a los mudos hablando,
los lisiados sanados,
los cojos caminando,
y los ciegos podían ver,
y glorificaron al Dios de Israel.

Jesús llamó a sus discípulos y dijo:
“Mi corazón se compadece por la multitud,
porque han estado ya conmigo por tres días
y no tienen qué comer.
Yo no quiero despedirlos en ayunas,
por temor a que puedan colapsar en el camino”.
Los discípulos le dijeron:
“¿Dónde podríamos conseguir suficiente pan en este lugar desierto
para saciar a tanta gente?”
Jesús les dijo: “¿Cuántos panes tienen?”
“Siete”, respondieron, “y unos pocos peces.”
Él ordenó a la multitud que se sentaran en el suelo.
Luego tomo los siete panes y los peces,
dio gracias, partió los panes,
y se los dio a los discípulos, quien a su vez los entregó a las multitudes.
Todos comieron y se saciaron.
Recogieron los pedazos que sobraron – siete canastas llenas.

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Acabo de regresar de un viaje a Columbus, Ohio para visitar a nuestros 5 seminaristas allí. Fue un viaje maravilloso. Gracias por sus oraciones…

Lee la primera mitad de este evangelio de nuevo – lentamente. Imagínate estar en la escena. Todos están trayendo a Jesús los ciegos, los cojos y los mudos. Uno por uno, cada uno de ellos son curados y empiezan a glorificar a Dios.

¿Qué pasa en tu corazón mientras ves esta escena desplegar?
¿Vas a Jesús para la sanación?

Después del milagro de la curación, Jesús volvió su atención a la alimentación de las misas. Se dio cuenta de su hambre y no quería despedirlos. Jesús quería darles de comer. Tomó siete panes y unos pocos peces, dio gracias, partió los panes y alimento a miles. Y había mucha comida sobrante.

¿Le suena familiar? ¡Esto es lo que sucede en cada Misa! Gente viene de todas partes del mundo con sus heridas y sus pecados. Los traemos a Jesús y le pedimos sanación. Y luego Él nos alimenta con el pan y el vino que se convierten en Su Cuerpo y Sangre.

Jesús desea sanarnos y alimentarnos. Él desea darnos todo lo que necesitamos. Mientras nos embarcamos en este camino del Adviento, seamos conscientes de nuestros pecados y nuestras enfermedades (espirituales, físicas, emocionales) y llévalos a Jesús en la Misa y el Sacramento de la Reconciliación. Permite que Él te sane, que te ame. Luego deja que Jesús te alimente con el Pan de los Ángeles – la Eucaristía.

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. I just had a serious eye condition corrected by radiation treatments and many prayers. I really relate to this scripture when Jesus cured the blind. Thank you for these thoughts for the day. Today’s was very personal.

    • Praise God for your healing…


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