August 1, 2022
by Nicky Santos, S.J.
Creighton University's Jesuit Community and the Heider College of Business
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Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 407

Jeremiah 28:1-17
Psalm 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102
Matthew 14:22-36

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The story of the feeding of the five thousand is one that we are familiar with. Often, in reflecting on this reading, we focus on the actual miracle itself, the miraculous multiplication of loaves. We recall how the disciples did not even think that their little possession of food would be enough to feed the multitude. And we remind ourselves how the Lord can use our little offerings/talents to achieve great things, even though they might seem insignificant to us. But as I reflected on the passage this time, my attention was drawn to Jesus being moved with compassion or pity for the crowd. The image of God who suffers with us, who is moved with compassion or pity, is a powerful one.

There are perhaps many of us who are going through challenging times. It could be because of Covid, other health issues, struggling relationships, lack of self-worth or something else. Whatever it might be that we are grappling with, the assurance of the Lord being moved with pity for us, and desiring to help us face this challenge, can be very comforting.

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