10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.111)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (6:1-15)
Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.
Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’
Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as they wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’
So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand appears in all four Gospels and is the only miracle common to them all.
The disciple’s questions about how the people were to be fed demonstrated that they had all but forgotten what Jesus had just tried to teach them. For many days prior to the miracle the disciples had seen the power of God at work in miracles and healings.
But now, even though they had journeyed with Jesus, they showed how little of his teaching had actually sunk into their hearts.
The disciples sought a human answer to a divine problem. They sought a self-reliant solution rather than dependence on God.
How many times in our own life do we experience difficulty and put our trust in the Lord? How often do we forget the faithfulness of God and try dealing with problems with our own strength alone?
A wise person once said that as long as we are trying to follow God he will turn the whole world around to make sure we are going in the right direction.
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
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