Read and listen to the Word of February 11, 2023
Saturday of the fifth week of Ordinary Time holidays
- St. Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero sac. and martyr († 1937)
- St. Marguerite d'Oingt Carthusian nun and mystic († 1310)
Today the Church celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes
The Sir God drove him out of the garden of Eden to work the soil.
From the book of Genesis
The Sir God he called the man and said to him, "Where are you?"
He replied: "I heard your voice in the garden: I was afraid, because I am naked, and I hid". He resumed: «Who let you know that you are naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
The man replied, "The woman you placed next to me gave me a tree and I ate it." The Sir God he said to the woman, "What have you done?" He answered the woman: «The serpent deceived me and I ate».
Then the Lord God said to the serpent:
"Because you did this,
cursed are you among all cattle
and of all wild animals!
On your belly you will walk
and dust you will eat
for all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
between your lineage and his lineage:
this will crush your head
and you will strike her heel.”
To the woman he said:
« I will multiply your pains
and your pregnancies,
in pain you will give birth sons.
Your instinct will be towards your husband,
and he will rule over you."
To the man he said, "Because you have listened to your wife's voice
and you ate of the tree of which I commanded you, "You shall not eat of it,"
cursed the ground because of you!
With pain you will draw food from it
for all the days of your life.
Thorns and Thistles will produce for you
and you will eat the grass of the fields.
With the sweat of your face you will eat bread,
until you return to the earth,
because from it you were drawn:
dust you are and to dust you will return!
The man called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
The Sir God he made the man and his wife tunics of skins and clothed them.
Then the Lord God he said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in the knowledge of good and evil. That now he does not spread the hand and do not take also of the tree of life, eat from it and live forever!».
The Sir God drove him out of the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man and placed at the east of the garden of Eden the cherubs and the flame of the flickering sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Word of God.
From Psalm 89 (90)
R. Lord, you have been a refuge for us from generation to generation.
Before the mountains were born
and the earth and the world were born,
always and forever you are, o God. R.
You turn man back to dust,
when you say: "Return, sons of man".
A thousand years, in your eyes,
I'm like yesterday that passed,
like a watch shift in the night. R.
You submerge them:
I'm like a dream in the morning
like the grass that sprouts;
in the morning it blooms and sprouts,
in the evening it is mowed and dry. R.
Teach us to count our days
and we will acquire a wise heart.
Come back, Lord: until when?
Have mercy on your servants! R.
Not by bread alone shall man live,
but of every word that comes out of the mouth of God. (Mt 4,4b)
They ate their fill.
From the Gospel according to Mark
In those days, when there was a great crowd again and they had nothing to eat, Jesus he called his disciples to him and said to them: «I feel compassion for the crowd; they have been with me for three days now and they have nothing to eat.
If I send them back home hungry, they will faint along the way; and some of them have come from afar."
His disciples answered him, "How can I feed them with bread here in a desert?" He asked them: «How many loaves do you have?». They said, "Seven."
He ordered the crowd to sit on the ground. He took the seven loaves, gave thanks, broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had few minnows; he recited the blessing over them and had them distributed as well.
They ate their fill and took away the leftover pieces: seven baskets. They were about four thousand. And he dismissed them.
Then he got into the boat with his disciples and immediately went to the parts of Dalmanuta.
Word of the Lord.
Saint Ambrose (ca 340-397)
bishop of Milan and doctor of Church
Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, VI, 73-88
“If I send them back to their homes hungry, they will faint on the way”
Gentleman Jesus, I know well that you don't want to leave these people fasting, but feed them with the food you distribute; in this way, fortified by your food, they will not fear starvation. I know well that you don't want to put us off fasting either. (…)
You said it: you don't want them to faint along the way, that is, to get lost along the path of this life before reaching the goal, before arriving at the Father and understand that you come from Father. (…) The Lord therefore has mercy, so that no one gets lost along the way. (…)
As he makes it rain on the just and the unjust (Mt 5:45), he also nourishes both. Isn't it perhaps thanks to the power of food that the holy prophet Elijah, feeling faint on the way, was able to walk for forty days? (1 Kings 19.8)
It is an angel who gave him that food; you, it is Christ same that feeds you. If you keep the food thus received, you will not walk for forty days and forty nights (…), but for forty years, from leaving the borders of Egypt until you arrive in the land of plenty where milk and honey flow (Ex 3:8 ). (…) Christ he distributes the food and undoubtedly wants to give to everyone.
He refuses no one, since he provides for all. However, when he breaks the bread and gives it to the disciples, if you don't spread the hand to receive food, you will faint on the way. (…) The bread that Jesus break is the mystery of the word of God: when distributed, it grows.
From just a few words, Jesus he has given all peoples abundant food. He has given us his speeches like loaves of bread, and as we taste them, they multiply in our mouths. (…)
While the crowds eat, the pieces still increase, they multiply, so much so that what remains at the end is even more abundant than the few loaves distributed.
WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Compassion – what he feels Jesus – it is not simply feeling pity; and more! It means to suffer with, that is to identify oneself with the suffering of others, to the point of taking it upon oneself.
So it is Jesus: suffer with us, suffer with us, suffer for us. And the sign of this compassion are the numerous healings he performed…
It's not magic, it's a "sign": a sign that invites you to have faith in God, Father provident, who does not let us miss "our daily bread", if we know how to share it as brothers ... the prodigy of the loaves heralds the Eucharist. It can be seen in the gesture of Jesus who "recited the blessing" before breaking the loaves and distributing them to the people ...
In the Eucharist Jesus he does not give bread, but the bread of eternal life, he gives himself, offering himself to Father to love our. But we must go to the Eucharist with those feelings of Jesus, that is, compassion and that willingness to share. (Angelus August 3, 2014)