The good news for the day August 1

Monday of the eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (407)

When Jesus heard about the death of John the Baptist, he used a ship to go to an out-of-the-way place to be by himself. The public heard about it; they followed him on foot from where they lived. Once he left the ship, he saw the big crowd–His heart stirred with compassion for them; He cured sick people. When evening came, the people close to Him came to Him: “This is an isolated place; it is already late; let the people go so that they can get to places where they can buy food for themselves.” He told them, “There is no need for people to go away; your give them some food yourselves.” But they said to Him, “Five loaves and a couple of fish—that’s all that we have here.” Then He said, “Bring them here to me.” He directed people to sit down on the grass. Taking in his hands the five loaves and the pair of fish, looking up to heaven, saying the blessing prayer, and breaking the loaves, He then gave them out to the students, who in turn gave them to the people. Everybody ate to satisfaction. When they picked up the left-over fragments— there were twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate counted about five thousand men, not including women and children. (Matthew 14)

The Gospels tell versions of this event five times! A core event in the life of Jesus—“breaking of the bread” has become a way to describe Christianity.

What is the Good News here? You are fed. Jesus Himself has blessed and broken the nourishment you are getting—the Good News. He Himself does NOT give it directly, though. No matter how isolated you feel, no matter how remote from civilization—others will nourish you with their fragments of hope and love. This nourishment multiplies, as you share the bread of Life with others. Here IS the eternal banquet—this sharing of broken bread, brokenness, and passing it on generously. Perhaps in some ways—this generosity is the very definition of your following of Jesus.

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