Tuesday after Epiphany mardi après l’Epiphanie

’As Jesus stepped ashore, he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd."
Wednesday 25 November 2015

1 Jn.4,7-10 Ps.71 Mk.6,34-44

Tuesday after Epiphany

“By now it was getting very late, and his disciples came up to him and said, ’This is a lonely place, and it is getting very late, so send them away and they can go to the farms and villages round about, to buy themselves something to eat. Jesus replied ’Give them something to eat yourselves.”

Jesus has gone off in a boat with his disciples to rest and pray. When he comes to the other side, a whole crowd comes to join them! Jesus’ attitude is one that is taken up with pity for this crowd, for ’they were like sheep without a shepherd." Seeing this crowd he is affected right down in his soul and he begins to teach them. Jesus is there with this people as a Good Shepherd, touched by their needs and expectations. Jesus loves his friends.He was the first to love them, he takes pity on the crowd and has compassion for the people. So he begins to ’teach them for a long time’ so that they find meaning in what they do, so that they can be resituated in their life and so that this life takes on a sense of beauty and of Light.A link is established between Jesus and this people , it is a heart to heart with the Good Shepherd. The time comes for this crowd to be fed! Thye have been there with Jesus, listening to his teachings. So God himself is this ’supper who recreates with inflaming love! He recreates his bride by his liberality, he enflames her with move by the benevolence he bears witness towards her.’ says John of the Cross. All of Jesus life manifests this huge love that will go right to the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

His disciples answered ’Are we to go and spend two hundred denarii on bread for them to eat?’ He asked ’How many loaves have you got? Go and see.’ And when they had found out, they said ’Five, and two fish."

The Lord Jesus made himself close to this crowd, he taught them, took time to announce the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven, now he will feed them. But the disciples don’t have any bread! Yet there is small lad there with a few loaves and fishes! They tell Jesus, he takes the bread and takes

the fish, gives them to the disciples after blessing the food. Jesus feeds this people through the disciples. All eat to their fill with these few fish and loaves! No one is left aside. Still today, when we eat at the table of the Lord, we are full. ’They picked up twelve basketfuls of loaves and fishes.’ The disciples fed the People of God. The twelve disciples have a fullness now to move forward with. This is how God is at our side when we may feel lonely. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives us what we need, we don’t need to run and build a house, but we need only to remain with Him the Good Shepherd.

“They all ate as much as they wanted. They collected twelve basketfuls of scraps of bread and pieces of fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.”

This Gospel is a marvellous manifestation of God’s Love for us. We need to believe that Jesus who took pity on the crowds, takes pity on us today. We need to take time to listen to the Word of God, to clear spaces to enter into an understanding of what we are to live. Then we can come to know God and have an experience of His Love. We have the absolute certainty that in in difficult moments, we are privileged by his unbelievable Love. We shall follow Jesus with absolute confidence, and place ourselves in an attitude to be taught by Jesus, to adhere to his teachings and form a Body with Him in the communion of the Holy Spirit in order to form His Body that is the Church. The Lord comes to nourish us by his meals, by his Word, by his teachings. Before breaking the loaves and fish, the Lord Jesus raises his eyes up to Heaven and pronounces the Blessing. In raising his eyes up to Heaven, Jesus shows us just how much this gaze he has for each of us is the tender gaze of our Heavenly Father for his children : ’ This is how to recognise Love : it is not we who have loved God, but God who loved us first.’ The Lord Jesus is the mediator between God and all men and women who understand how much God loves them and looks at them with a look full of Love and Compassion.

We ask for the grace to enter into the fullness of Love.