December 1 2021 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Matthew 15:29-37

A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 15:29-37

At that time:
29 Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
30 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.
31 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.
32 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.”
33 The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?”
34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
35 He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
36 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.
37 They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over seven baskets full.

Reflection: Jesus Cares

1. Jesus heals. As the KING of Kings and the LORD of lords, His Sacred Heart has the softest spot for the sick and those with deformities. He heals them all. Nothing is impossible to Him. In His kingdom, all will be made whole and all will have freedom from all kinds of diseases.

2. Jesus feeds the hungry. He never leaves His children without provision. He makes sure that no one would collapse out of hunger. In His kingdom, there is a plenty because He is more than enough and all our needs will be provided. After all, He is the creator of all the resources in this world.

3. Jesus is calling us to share and care for one another. Although He can create something out of nothing, He wants us to be His co-creators. Let us offer to Him whatever we have and He will bless us abundantly. Just as He fed the hungry, let us look around us and have compassion for the millions who are hungry today.

4. Like the disciples, we may ask: Where will we get money to feed the hungry? Amidst the massive problem of poverty, we may feel helpless. Yet, Jesus has shown in the gospel reading that there is always a way to do it. In Jesus, nothing is impossible. He is the God of multiplication. He can give more than what we ask for and there will still be left overs.

5. In Jesus, there is satisfaction. More than the material things that He provides for us, He gives us joy, peace of mind and contentment. What else can He not give?

Gospel Reading and Reflection for December 1, 2021
Gospel Reading and Reflection for December 1, 2021

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