Matthew 14:13-21. Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, August 1, 2022

August 1, 2022

Mt 14:13-21

One line in today’s gospel opens my heart. When the disciples are tired and afraid, when they realize there is not enough food, they tell Jesus about the five loaves and two fish. Jesus then says, “Bring them to me.”

Jesus has already demonstrated abundance of healing and love. His presence is already more than what people expected. His heart was moved with pity. He cured the sick. This would have been story enough. His actions among the sick were food enough.

Everything that becomes abundance in life is first the scarcity we bring to Jesus. Our egos will bring us scarcity. However, our hearts will bring us abundance and grace. His presence, his voice, his love, his abundant mercy is the source of all we do and become. We bring our worry about the future, our concern about illness, disease, climate disaster, poverty, injustice, to the name and person of Jesus Christ.   

Then, look what happens. People are fed. People are satisfied. The disciples come back with baskets full of leftovers. It is the same in our prayer. First, however, we must bring all that is in our hearts, all the scarcity, to him. In Jesus Christ do our hearts dwell.  

They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over, twelve wicker baskets full.

4 thoughts on “Matthew 14:13-21. Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, August 1, 2022

  1. You have taught me over the years to bring all to Jesus. You have taught me that Jesus Loves me and all people. You have taught me if we place our Trust in Him all will be ok. I have a deep peace that only God is able to give and know He Loves me. Thank you Father for helping me on my journey in this world. May your enjoy the Peace of God in your heart today and all days.
    Happy Feast Day

  2. When I myself damaged by the storms in my life, I seek refuge in the unfailing love of Our Lord and His Loving Mother. How comforting it is to have solutions and resolutions sent my way by the Almighty Who has my life in the palm of His loving hand. He seeks our faith, not our perfection.

  3. Thanks for bringing to mind, the scarcity in my heart, mind and ETC! My focus this non lent and non advent season…. I call ORDINARY TIME….. my dry time. Now I have a renewed focus on my SCARCITIES OF HEART 💜 THANKS for pointing this out ! In my prayers for your discernment in WHAT’s NEXT RoseMary Hitchcock

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