Ordinary Time: July 20th
Commentary for the Readings in the Extraordinary Form:
"Taking the seven loaves. He gave thanks, broke them and gave them
to His disciples to distribute; and they set them before the crowd.
. .(about four thousand). . .And they ate and were satisfied"
"I have compassion on the crowd." Some of us may "have (had to) come
from a distance" in our wanderings from God. But this sentiment of
His Heart, so Divine, so human, inspires our plea to "save" us from
eternal hunger in "the pit" of hell.
At Baptism we were reborn to a new life, to be "dead to sin, but
alive to God". Daily with Christ we must die to sin and evil. Daily
with Him we must rise to God and good works. Daily we would "faint
on the way," famished with hunger, crying out: "How will anyone be
able to satisfy (us in (the) desert" of life?
At the altar of sacrifice God will not allow the hopes of anyone to
be "in vain". Only at the altar will our instinctive hunger for God
be really "filled".