They All Ate

August 2, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied...  (Matthew 14:13-21)

THEY ALL ATE: Each time I have read the parable of the loaves and fishes, my focus has been on the miracle of the multiplication of resources. With only five loaves and two fish, Jesus was able to feed 5,000+ and have plenty left over.

Different words jumped out from the Gospel as I read it today: “They all ate and were satisfied…”

Today’s Gospel points to this: We must feed them all.

We cannot selectively feed those who come to us. The Gospel does not say that Jesus went through the crowd, deciding who would eat and who would not eat. He fed them all; and they were all satisfied – He met the needs of each individual.

For Christians, it is the same: Go out and make disciples of all men.

We must challenge ourselves by asking the question: Are we feeding everyone we encounter, or are we being selective in our feeding?

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