The good news for the day November 30, 2016

Wednesday of the First Week in Advent (177)

There was a time when Jesus walked around the Sea of Galilee, went up on the higher ground, where he found a place to sit down. A large public came to him, having with them people who were lame, blind, deformed, mute, and many others.  They placed these special people at his feet, and he would cure them. The crowds were astonished to see mute people talking, deformed ones made whole, lame walking, and blind able to see—they expressed their thanks to the God of Israel. Jesus called his closest followers apart to tell them: “My heart feels so moved with compassion for this crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have virtually nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry; I am afraid they may collapse on the way home.” The ones close to him replied, “In this remote place, where could we ever get enough basic food to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus asked, “How many loaves of bread do you actually have?” “Seven,” they answered, “and a few fish.”  He settled the crowd on the ground.  Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, expressed gratitude, broke the loaves in pieces, and gave them to his followers, who in turn gave them to the crowds of people. Everybody ate and got enough. People gathered fragments left over–seven baskets full. (Matthew 15)

In some ways, it is what is not said that is the Good News here. People in need—whether ailments or hunger—get their needs satisfied. In this narrative, miracles abound. What is not said is the mindset of the people.

Are you in need? Do you feel your blindness, crippledness, that you are in need—tossed by indifference, failing to see what people need, the crippledness of family stress, or politics? Do you admit your need for healing—or deny it to yourself? Do you feel hunger for nurturing, a heart sad because you lost a loved one—and not found nourishment? It is time to leave the safe comfort of home, join this crowd reckless of where your need leads you, and go find folks who have the bread Jesus breaks for you—compassionate people who provide the spiritual bread you hunger for. THEN you see, you see the miracle.


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