Reflection: TAK IOC Bk. 4, Ch.3.2

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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.” (Matthew 15:32)

Jesus had given so much of himself in the healing of the crowd, yet he continues to have compassion for them and their needs.  Therefore, he feeds the 4,000 with seven loaves of bread and a few small fish.

Jesus also has the same compassion for us as he did for that crowd.  Yet, the food he gives to us is himself.

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28)

Brother Thomas writes:

Therefore must I often come to Thee, and receive Thee as the medicine of my salvation, lest perhaps I faint in the way, should I be deprived of this heavenly food.  For so thou, O most merciful Jesus, when thou hadst been preaching to the people and curing the various maladies, didst once say: I will not send them fasting to their home, lest they faint on the way.

The Lord does not send us away with our soul’s fasting.  He nourishes us with his body and blood.  No greater love.

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