A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 9:11-17
"Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves." They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people." Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty." They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets." The Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy, draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
In the Gospel today there are many places to stay and pray, and to watch Jesus. Listen for His lead and follow it. For this 'Lectio' we will focus on just three words: "Dismiss the Crowd". Let us first enter into this passage and be with the Twelve, stay with them and realize whats going on here at this moment. There's a lot of people gathered, its noisy, its in a place that is rugged. There has been perhaps many people asking them questions throughout the day, they have been serving all day, and its been a long day, coming to an end. They are tired, maybe edgy, surely hungry, perhaps "talked out", and they are searching for some 'peace and quiet', some time alone with the Lord, away from the demands of others. Sounding familiar? Here in this Gospel passage we see the meeting of human thinking and Divine "workings". "Dismiss the Crowds." Have you ever told Jesus what to do? Think about that for a second- what an absurdity for us; to tell God what to do or how to solve a problem and yet we all do it, I know I have.
Let us watch Jesus in this passage and observe a few things: The Twelve see a need. They come to Jesus. They tell Jesus how to solve the problem (their solution to the problem). He gives them a suggestion, which seems absurd to them now. They explain to Him, their inadequacy in following through with His suggestion. He next tells them to do one very simple thing, which they are capable of doing and they do it! The rest is God's doing. He works the miracle through their one act of Trust and obedience. Wow!
Relate: Read this passage slowly, allow the Lord to show you right now in your life, where you are 'in this'-share with him, talk to him, listen to him, be with Him, what is Jesus saying to you? He is longing to do an even greater miracle if we but trust in Him and take the step of faith.
+Prayer: "Bring Him all the praise you know, He is more than you bestow, Never can you reach His due" (Sequence)