Fourth Week in Lent, Wednesday, March 30, 2022
When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then Jesus took them with him to a town called Bethsaida where they could be alone together. But the people learned where Jesus went and followed him. He welcomed them and talked with them about God’s kingdom and healed those who needed to be healed.
Late in the afternoon, the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, “Send the people away. They need to go to the towns and countryside around here and find places to sleep and something to eat, because no one lives in this place.”
But Jesus said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
They said, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish, unless we go buy food for all these people.” (There were about five thousand men there.)
Jesus said to his followers, “Tell the people to sit in groups of about fifty people.”
So the followers did this, and all the people sat down. Then Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish, and looking up to heaven, he thanked God for the food. Then he divided the food and gave it to the followers to give to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over was gathered up, filling twelve baskets.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
How marvellous are your ways! We feel ill-prepared to follow you, and so we instead ask you to send away those who you have entrusted to us. But in your wisdom, you invite us to participate in your mystery. We experience doubt. We want to trust you; we long to do your will and succeed.
Abba Father, we return to this sacred space with joyful hearts to share about our day and experiences with each other. Thank you for your listening ear and attentiveness to us. God of amazement, you delight in our enthusiasm and encourage us to continue to work with you in the everyday miracles of life.
I choose to participate in your mystery today, O LORD, and thank you for…
You fill us to overflowing. You give us all we need to follow you today, and there is still so much left over. We experience your miracles, and you call us to keep giving, promising that your blessings will never cease. We rejoice together on this path as we continue to participate in your mystery.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler