Eighteenth Sunday in the Ordinary Time Year A
2nd August 2020
Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35,37-39; Matthew 14:13-21.
Today’s readings reveal the hope we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. This hope is summarized in the second reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans. It reads; ‘Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ,’. The gospel passage is a demonstration of this hope. The emphasis is not the nature of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, rather it is on the condition in which the miracle was performed. The news of the death of his cousin John the Baptist did not make him indifferent to the needs of the people about him.
Jesus Christ is sorrowful from the sad news of the beheading of his cousin John the Baptist. He was heading to a lonely place to be by himself in order to mourn his cousin. Both shared the same vision of the salvation of Israel. They were no beloved of the temple! His intent to withdraw to a lonely place was confronted with the needs of the people waiting for him at the shore. He took pity on them and healed their sick. He healed and fed them in a lonely place with a heart full of sorrow. Nothing can prevent God from loving us!
Strengthened by this hope let us embrace the Lord with hearts renewed from the experience of the Lock-down. We should be willing to respond to the invitation present to us in the first reading according to the prophet Isaiah. It reads; Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live. God is not indifferent!
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.