After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?”
Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
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The expression “take a leap of faith” is a common one. And yet, the journey that we make begins less with a leap and more often with the courage to take a single step. Today’s Gospel reading tells us that “Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee”. From there he went up the mountain where the vast crowds followed him with their many demands for healing, for wholeness and for new life. They were not disappointed. With a heart moved to pity, Jesus fulfilled all of their needs both physically and spiritually.
Like St. Francis Xavier, the great Jesuit missionary, each step we take for Christ are steps of healing and wholeness-for ourselves and for others as we bring Christ to the world. As you prayerfully reflect today, what is the one step that you need the courage to take in your journey to be closer to Christ?
—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of two, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.
My God, I do not know what must come to me today. But I am certain that nothing can happen to me that you have not foreseen, decreed, and ordained from all eternity. That is sufficient for me. I adore your impenetrable and eternal designs, to which I submit with all my heart.
I desire, I accept them all, and I unite my sacrifice to that of Jesus Christ, my divine Savior. I ask in his name and through his infinite merits, patience in my trials, and perfect and entire submission to all that comes to me by your good pleasure. Amen.
—St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J.