Gospel: Matthew 15:29-37
From there, Jesus went to the shore of Lake Galilee, and then went up into the hills, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the dumb, the blind, the lame, the crippled, and many with other infirmities. People carried them to the feet of Jesus, and he healed them. All were astonished when they saw the dumb speaking, the lame walking, the crippled healed, and the blind able to see; and they glorified the God of Israel.
Jesus called his disciples and said to them, “I am filled with compassion for these people; they have already followed me for three days and now have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away fasting, or they may faint on the way.” His disciples said to him, “And where shall we find enough bread in this wilderness to feed such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They answered, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
Jesus ordered the people to sit on the ground. Then, he took the seven loaves and the small fi h, and gave thanks to God. He broke them and gave them to his disciples, who distributed them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the leftover pieces filled seven wicker baskets.

Reflections
“I am filled with compassion for these people."
This is the Good News for us all today: God is generous, super abundant in mercy and compas­sion.
With much gusto, Jesus healed them all and the crowds were amazed at these miracles. We could see and feel a glimpse of the Lord’s interiority, his inner life, his heart: full of compassion and de­ sire to heed the needs of the poor. Prophet Isaiah is truly cor­rect in his prophesy in the first reading. God would provide for all peoples a feast, a banquet of rich food and choicest wines. He would destroy death forever and wipe away the tears from all fac­ es forever. Indeed, how good it is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life (Ps 23)!
Jesus did not distribute the food himself, but the disciples. Now, as a disciple of the Lord, am I generous enough in distribu­ting or sharing the good things that the Lord has lavished on me? Or have I become selfish in sha­ring whatever is abundant in me? Christmas is a time of giving and sharing. Christ came to give us the good things that God wanted to share with us. Am I ready to accept him and share him to others?

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