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Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus, wanted to test their faith and to teach them to rely upon God for their provision. The signs which Jesus did, including the astounding feeding of the five thousand signified that God the Father had indeed sent his only begotten Son as the anointed Prophet and King for his people. Jesus' feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels. What is the significance of this miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude pointed to God's provision of manna in the wilderness for the people of Israel under Moses' leadership. This food foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would offer his followers. Jesus miracle of the increase of the loaves and fishes points to the superabundance of the unique bread of the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper which Jesus gave to his disciples on the eve of his sacrifice.
Word of the Day...
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for making your will known through your words in Scripture. Bless us as we open your Word. May we find not only the respond to my questions, but may we find you and your precious will. In Infant Jesus' precious name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 05, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 407
Colour: Green
First Reading: Nm 11:4b-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." 16 Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." 17 They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." 18 And he said, "Bring them here to me." 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


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