Posted by: vftmom247 | 2014/02/15

Impulse: If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way.

Not written by me. This was written (through divine inspiration) by the wonderful Fr. Roland, our parish priest. It just spoke so strongly to me, I figured I’d share it. It says a lot about the need to trust in God to provide rather than stressing about all the things I think I need.

At any rate….take it away, Father Roland…

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Mark 8:1-10

The Feeding of Four Thousand.*

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,a he summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied. He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets. There were about four thousand people. He dismissed them and got into the boat with his disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha.


If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way. (Mark 8:3)

Jesus looks at our exact, precise situation. Can I really believe this? If I have too little money, Jesus sees precisely this. If I have a cold, Jesus fully sees this. When I’m tired, Jesus looks exactly at this. If I’m hungry, Jesus sees it exactly. He knows exactly, precisely, fully what we need. And he makes sure that we get exactly the same. Can I really believe this? Can’t we believe so much more that God would not deprive us of something, instead of thinking we must always have the foresight to provide for ourselves?

If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way.

Many people see God as if He might perhaps be good for a few hours respite, but the tough problems of their everyday life they have to provide for by themselves. It is true also that we cannot put our hands in our lap. “Who does not work shall not eat,” Paul writes (2 Thess 3:10). We have the task to do all that is human, what is required of us. The disciples had to give up their seven loaves. But if we do our human best, then God will do everything to take care of us. He does not let us down. He knows what we need. When I’m sick, for example, and it is necessary to do a certain thing, then God knows this. Either he gives me the strength to do it anyway, or he gives remedy through the help of others, or maybe too, the thing was perhaps not as important as I thought.

If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way.

It is important that we put everything in God’s hands. We must not be over-zealous to do things through our own self-will . When we go with what we think we should do, then we often lack the resources, we would often like to have more, we often complain about the lack of something . But if we put everything in God’s hands, then it always goes well. Then everything comes together.

If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way.

God sees our “lack” of time. He sees the tasks we have to do. And He also sees that we cannot do everything. Therefore, it is particularly important to put our lives in His hands. Let’s be guided by the Holy Spirit in each and every step! Maybe we will see today a wonderful “multiplication of time”.

Pastor Roland Bohnen



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