Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Where has the rest of the feeding of the 5000 gone from the lectionary? I can't see it coming up. Oh well, I'm sure there's a reason if I can't see it.
Perhaps the reason is to allow is to focus on Jesus' compassion for those who were looking for his word and teaching. That's what has stuck me today.
We know Jesus was and is compassionate, that he opened his heart and soul wide and continues to do so. But the fact that this is mentioned might mean it took a particular tole on him. And what great news it was for all those who heard and received the results of his feeding miracle.
We thank you Jesus for your compassion and we ask for the same in ourselves. Amen.