Posted by: frburke23 | February 13, 2015

Thought for Saturday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 8:1-10

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?”
They replied, “Seven.”
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 the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

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Jesus shows great compassion in this story from the Gospel of Mark.  “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd….”  Jesus is very aware of our every need and wants to give us every good gift.  He knew that if He sent them to their homes to eat they would collapse on the way.  On our life journey, often our souls are at the point of collapse if we do not nourish them with Scripture, prayer and the Sacraments.  Most of all, Jesus wants to feed us with the Eucharist, His flesh given for the life of the world.

Jesus’ disciples did not understand how they could feed the crowd with the few resources they had.  But Jesus was trying to teach them to offer whatever they had and He would bless the offering, multiply it and feed the multitude.  We often feel like we have nothing to offer Jesus, but He has given each one of us special gifts and talents.  When we put all of our talents, no matter how humble they may be, at the service of the Lord, He can do incredible things with them. 

Jesus fed a multitude with seven loaves and a few fish.  Jesus began with twelve men and now billions of people follow Him.  We don’t have to save the world ourselves, but we are all called to offer all that we have to the Lord and let Him work miracles through us.  When we give to the Lord everything, He returns it back to us 100-fold.

I thought I was giving up baseball to become a priest.  I thought about all the sacrifices I was making – no wife, no children, no baseball….  But I entrusted everything to God.  Now I have an incredible family and I have the privilege to celebrate Mass at Wrigley Field before Sunday home games.  I’m in the major leagues, but in a completely different way.

We can never outdo God in generosity, but I dare you to try.  Watch what He can do with our humble offerings.

Do I nourish my soul with prayer, Scripture and the Eucharist?

Do I offer to God ALL of my gifts and talents?

Do I seek my own glory or do I seek the glory of God in all that I do?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

MARCOS 8:1-10

En esos días en que nuevamente hubo una gran multitud sin nada para comer,
Jesús llamó a sus discípulos, y dijo:
“Mi corazón se compadece por la multitud,
porque han estado conmigo ya por tres días
y no tienen qué comer.
Si los envío sin comer a sus casas,
se desmayarán en el camino,
y algunos de ellos han venido de muy lejos”.
Sus discípulos le respondieron: “¿Dónde puede alguien obtener suficiente pan
para satisfacerlos aquí en este lugar desierto?”
Aún así él les preguntó: “¿Cuántos panes tienen?”
Ellos respondieron: “Siete”.
Él ordenó a la multitud que se sentara en el suelo.
Luego, tomando los siete panes dio gracias, los partió,
y los dio a sus discípulos para que los distribuyeran,
y ellos los distribuyeron a la multitud.
También tenían unos pocos peces.
Dio la bendición sobre ellos
y ordenó que los distribuyeran también.
Comieron y se saciaron.
Ellos recogieron los pedazos que sobraron-siete canastas.
Había cerca de cuatro mil personas.

Él despidió a la multitud y entró en la barca con sus discípulos
y llegó a la región de Dalmanuta.

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Jesús muestra gran compasión en esta historia del Evangelio de Marcos. Mi corazón se compadece por la multitud….” Jesús está muy al tanto de todas nuestras necesidades y quiere darnos toda buena dádiva. Él sabía que si Él los enviaba a sus casas a comer ellos colapsarían en el camino.  En nuestro viaje de la vida, a menudo nuestras almas están a punto del colapso si no las nutrimos con la Escritura, la oración y los sacramentos.  Por encima de todo, Jesús quiere alimentarnos con la Eucaristía, Su carne dada para la vida del mundo.

Los discípulos de Jesús no entendían cómo podían alimentar a la multitud con los pocos recursos que tenían. Pero Jesús estaba tratando de enseñarles a ofrecer todo lo que tenían y Él bendeciría la ofrenda, la multiplicaría y alimentaria a la multitud. A menudo sentimos que no tenemos nada que ofrecerle a Jesús, pero Él ha dado a cada uno de nosotros dones y talentos especiales. Cuando ponemos todos nuestros talentos, no importa que tan humildes sean, al servicio del Señor, Él puede hacer cosas increíbles con ellos.

Jesús alimentó a una multitud con siete panes y unos pocos peces. Jesús comenzó con doce hombres y ahora billones de personas lo siguen.  Nosotros no tenemos que salvar al mundo por nosotros mismos, pero todos estamos llamados a ofrecer todo lo que tenemos al Señor y dejar queÉl haga milagros a través de nosotros. Cuando le damos todo al Señor, Él no lo devuelve 100 veces.

Pensé que estaba renunciando al béisbol para ser sacerdote. Pensé en todos los sacrificios que estaba haciendo – sin esposa, sin hijos, sin béisbol… Pero confié todo a Dios. Ahora tengo una familia increíble y tengo el privilegio de celebrar Misa en el Wrigley Field los domingos antes delos partidos en casa. Estoy en las Grandes Ligas, pero en una manera completamente diferente.

Nunca podremos superar a Dios en generosidad, pero te reto a que lo intentes. Ve lo que Él puede hacer con nuestras humildes ofrendas.

¿Nutro mi alma con la oración, la Escritura y la Eucaristía?
¿Le ofrezco a Dios TODOS mis dones y talentos?
¿Busco mi propia gloria o busco la gloria de Dios en todo lo que hago?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Padre Burke


Responses

  1. Do you really celebrate Mass before games at Wrigley? Before every game? I’d love to hear about that. Who attends? How many? How long has that been going on? How awesome is that?!! Someone please respond with the details. Thanks for these posts Fr. Burke. My family reads every day!

    • Basically I celebrate Mass before Sunday home games in the Cubs’ Family Room. Both teams are invited as well as any employees of the stadium. We usually have 30-40 people in attendance.


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