Gospel of Matthew 15:29-37 Reflection:
In today’s readings we have two lovely stories showing God’s love for his people. In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how God is going to prepare for all people’s a banquet of rich food and fine wines. Then he is going to wipe away every tear and take away the people’s shame.
In the gospel we have the story of the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus multiplies what little food there is to provide food for everyone, a story of God’s bountiful love and an example of how he can supply for all our needs.
Before he feeds the 5,000, Matthew tells us of many cures that Jesus carried out in the region of the Sea of Galilee. For Isaiah and Matthew, Jesus is the one who brings plenty to the world. But the plenty he brings is only the natural result of who he is: he is the Son of God, the one who is to come into the world.
How can you have God coming if he does not bring with him all that is natural to him: love, kindness, concern for his people. Part of what we miss in the Christian life is that we fail to recognise how wonderful a thing it is that Jesus decided to become man and how his coming elevates human dignity: God decided to become one of us.