The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Seeing Your Life Through the lens of the gospel ~ Matthew 14:13-21

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1 The news of the death of John the Baptist prompted Jesus to go off to be alone, but the crowds followed him. Despite his personal sorrow he was able to reach out in compassion to the crowd. Perhaps there have been times when you have put personal preferences and desires to one side in order to reach out to another. What was it like for you when you were able to do this?

2 When Jesus saw the crowd, he recognised their need and reached out to them. Who has been a Jesus person for you, someone who recognised your need
and reached out to you? For whom have you been a Jesus person?

3 The scene is a Eucharistic symbol reminding us of the sacred meal to which all believers are invited to receive nourishment from the Lord. How has the Eucharist been a source of nourishment for you?

4 When the disciples became aware of the problem they wanted to send the crowd away but Jesus told them ‘You give them something to eat.’ They thought what they had was insufficient but Jesus used the little they had to feed the crowd. When we give the little we have to a situation the results are often beyond our expectations. Have you had this experience?

Published Fri 1st Aug 2014 13:27:04

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