Today’s readings are our salvation story in miniature. The first reading tells of the disobedience of Adam and Eve and their exile from the Garden of Eden. The psalmist sings the story of human frailty and exile in the responsorial psalm. “Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!” (verse 13) is his plaintive cry.
And then Mark tells the story of Jesus, God’s answer to the psalmist’s plea. This is a merciful Messiah: His heart is “moved with pity” for the hungry crowd that is completely dependent on him. In a foreshadowing of the Eucharist, Jesus blesses the food and breaks it so it may be shared with 4,000 people.
Today’s readings are an opportunity for us to ponder the vast sweep of the salvation story that we are the beneficiaries of. Through sin we become exiled from God, but God in his mercy sends his Son to redeem us and to feed us. Praise the Lord!
As the Lord has fed us, let us be mindful of the hunger of others and share what we have.
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