January 5, 2016 1 John 4:7-10; Mark 6:34-44 (St. John Neumann)
The message of the first reading is hard to miss … St. John is very direct … “God is love”. How could it be any clearer? That single statement expresses something profound … God showed His love for us … by sending His Son into the world to give us life.
In today’s Gospel, we see that love … come alive through the compassion of Jesus … the Gospel says … “His heart was moved with pity for them … they were like sheep without a shepherd”.
Jesus steps in … teaches and directs them. He is the shepherd … keeping them focused and moving them in the right direction.
He cares. He knows they are hungry … so … He feeds them and they are all satisfied.
The “them” is US.
Jesus does the same for us. He feeds us with the Bread of Life … the Eucharist we receive every morning. He teaches us through the Word … the readings we hear every day. He is our shepherd … keeping us focused through our Baptismal call to a life of loving God and others.
May we recognize God’s love for us and may we model our lives on Jesus’ example of caring for others.