1. Jesus tells the apostles to feed the multitude. How could they possibly feed 5,000 men, not to mention women and children? They had only five loaves and two fish. Surely this was a parable, they thought.

2. They were too focused on how little they could do; they did not see beyond their weakness. We are very much guilty of this as well. What went through their heads when he told them to sit the people down in groups? What did they say at that moment? We don’t know.

3. We do know, however, that they listened to Christ. They did what they were told. They did not go about complaining that it was pointless. AndOur Lord tells the apostles to feed the multitude. How could they possibly feed 5,000 men, not to mention women and children? They had only five loaves and two fish. Surely this was a parable, they thought. They were too focused on how little they could do; they did not see beyond their weakness. What went through their heads when he told them to sit the people down in groups? What did they say at that moment? We don’t know. We do know, however, that they listened to Christ. They did what they were told. They did not go about complaining that it was pointless. And so, in their act of obedience, they began to feed the people themselves.

4. In our acts of obedience we attract supernatural grace from God.

Lord, as we begin this day, may we, in loving obedience to you, merit the graces we need in our lives. Amen.

Reflection: Obedience attracts supernatural Grace (Matthew 14:13-21)

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