August 9, 2022     3:16 pm
49. Week of First Sunday after Epiphany - Saturday
Loaves and fishes
          Give us this day our daily bread.   Mathew 6:11
          A year before His death, about the time of the Passover, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee with His disciples, seeking some rest on the eastern shore after much hard work. But a great crowd followed Him, because they saw the miracles which He did on those who were diseased. And so He could find no rest. Toward evening He went up into a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. When He saw the great multitude, He said to Philip: "Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?" He said this to test him; for He Himself knew what He would do, Philip answered: "Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them so that every one of them may have a little." One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him: "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fishes; but what are these among so many?" Jesus said: "Make the people sit down." Now there was a lot of grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in all. And Jesus took the loaves; and when He had given thanks, He distributed to His disciples, and the disciples to them that were sitting down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they wanted. When they were filled, He said to His disciples: "Gather up the fragments, so that nothing is lost." So they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained from them that had eaten. (John 6:1-13.)
          All four evangelists tell this story. Two of them were eye-witnesses. It was an exceedingly great divine miracle. It shows us Christ's divine glory. It also reveals His compassionate heart. He wants to give daily bread to those who follow Him. You can see that He is able to do it. He even says that we should pray: "Give us this day our daily bread." Why, then, do we worry or fret? When He tells us so to pray, won't He hear us?
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, almighty God, give us, we beseech You, our daily bread and grant us Your Holy Spirit, that we may cheerfully rely on You, and nevermore offend against Your Gospel, Your glory, and our conscience for the sake of our bread and body. Give Your grace also to me, so weak in faith, that at all times in faith I may look upon Your bountiful hand, there finding hope and cheer, and, above all seeking the imperishable good with You, who lives for ever and ever and will forever be our great Benefactor. Amen.

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August 9, 2022     3:16 pm