When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.
(Mark 6:34)
Then, taking the five loaves and two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied.
(Mark 6:41-43)

Good morning, Lord. Thank you for letting me rise earlier today. It is so good to have unhurried time with you. Please let me hold you close, as Mary held you at your birth and at your death.
Take pity on me, my Jesus, for I am so often a sheep without a shepherd. I felt so scattered this morning, but having time and silence in which to rest in you is allowing me to focus.

You looked up to heaven before blessing the loaves and the fish, not because you, yourself, did not have the power to bless and increase them, but as a sign to us. I have a loaf of ciabatta in the kitchen now. Before I slice it later, let me remember to ask your blessing.

You give us so much more than we need. I am singing, “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” as I write. It is my heart that is hungry, but you, in your infinite Wisdom, feed our bodies first, that we may be free to open ourselves to your Spirit.

You divide your gifts among us all, and yet each of us is filled. “My cup runneth over.”
Just as you blessed the bread during your earthly mission, you bless the bread of the Eucharist, permitting us to experience you in the Flesh. Only your Sacrifice, in which you allow us to participate, sustains your Presence. How can we thank you? Only by giving back what you have already given to us can we acknowledge the gift of yourself. Our free will enables us to make this decision. I give you my will, that yours may be done.

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