Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This weekend it should be easy for all of us to relate to Jesus’ experience related to the feeding of the multitude, which is found in all four Gospels. Each evangelist tells the story of Jesus being followed by the crowd.
On this occasion and others, Jesus is looking for a place to go to where he can find some rest. He is tired, and anyone in his position would be. Yet when the throng of people catches up with him he does not become irritable as we might do when we’re tired. Instead of focusing on his own needs, he addresses the needs of those around him. What can we learn from Jesus example? First, Jesus reminds us that we can trust in Him to be there for us especially during the trials of life. Second, we have a model for our own actions in a Messiah who continues to serve those around him - no matter what. Our prayer this day should be for the continued strength and grace we need to respond faithfully to those around us even in times of personal pain and exhaustion.