Gospel – February 15, 2020 – 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.
Jesus is ready to send the crowds home – to their earthly homes. But he knows they don’t have the strength to make it home. Unlike in Luke’s version of feeding the 5,000, Jesus is now in an area with Gentiles attending.
He looks up and prays the Father provides the crowd what they need. They are then adequately filled – Jew and Gentile – to make it home.
This signals that “the Bread of Life” is for all on our journey Home.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…