COMMENTARY ON THE READING FOR 03 AUGUST, 2015

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Commentary on the reading of the day provided by:

Saint Bede the Venerable (c.673-735), monk, Doctor of the Church
Commentary on Saint Mark’s Gospel, 2 ; CCL 120, 510-511

“I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart” (Hos 2,16)

Matthew relates more fully [than Mark] how he took pity on them.

He says: “And he took pity on them and cured their sick.”

This is what it means really to take pity on the poor, and on those who have no one to guide them: to open the way of truth to them by teaching to heal their physical infirmities, and to make them want to praise the divine generosity by feeding them when they are hungry as Jesus did…

But Jesus tested the crowd’s faith, and having done so he gave it a fitting reward.

He sought out a lonely place to see if they would take the trouble to follow him.

For their part, they showed how concerned they were for their salvation by the effort they made in going along the deserted road not on donkeys or in carts of various kinds, but on foot.

In return Jesus welcomed those weary, ignorant, sick, and hungry people, instructing, healing and feeding them as a kindly savior and physician, and so letting them know how pleased he is by believers’ devotion to him.

READING OF THE DAY: 03 AUGUST, 2015

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“When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.

The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.

When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

(Jesus) said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.”

But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”

Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.

They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over –twelve wicker baskets full.

Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.” -Matthew 14:13-21.