Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?" Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" "Seven," they replied, "and a few fish." He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.
Today’s reading from Matthew (15:29-37) is about miracles. Have we performed any lately? Who now speaks to us because we asked for forgiveness for the harm we caused? They are no longer mute. Who have we forgiven so they are made whole? They are no longer deformed. Who have we encouraged to get up and get going – to stop feeling sorry for themselves and to live life to the fullest? They are no longer lame. Who now sees the good in other people, races, and faiths because we provided the best example for them to follow? They are no longer blind.
Miracles are real provided we act as miracle workers by what we say and by what we do. We give more than seven loaves of bread or a few fish when we give ourselves to others through our kindness, love, and attention.
Deacon David Pierce