Advent Meditation: The Daily Gospel with Fr. Philippe, O.P.
Mt. 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.
Jesus had recourse to this very realistic education: a day of fast will give a better understanding of what bread is, and the Bread of Life that man cannot live without love. Just as we cannot live without bread, we cannot live without love.
Through this symbolism of the bread, we are able to understand that the heart of Jesus is given to us in a way that is so personal! He Himself is love, and is given to us. Between Him and ourselves is a personal unity is realized. Each time that we receive Communion, Jesus tells us, “Do not worry, it is not you that transforms Christ into yourself, it is the living bread, the bread of Life that will transform you into Him. This bread is the source of all life; it is the heart of Jesus.”