“I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they should collapse.” Matthew 15:32
Reading the holy gospel gives us an insight into the Heart of Christ, which in turn gives us an insight into the eternal will of the Almighty Father.
Christ looks at us, and He sees halt and lame individuals, blind and dumb. Perpetually in danger of collapses. Always a split second away from choosing to become the ‘loser version’ of ourselves.
Our Creator made us to succeed at kindness. But we teeter at the brink of being mean all the time. He made us to bear witness to the truth, discretely and courageously. We can lie, though, and quail, and blab, at a moment’s notice. He made us to love selflessly, with chaste self-control. But: dissipation of our affections in a thousand fruitless directions–we lurch that way all the time.
In His Sacred Heart, as we read, the Lord does not condemn. He does not exult Himself over our pathetic weaknesses. To the contrary, He longs only for our welfare, does not pause to measure our failures–He acts instead for our well-being in the most minute details of life.
He fed 5,000 with how many loaves? Five, with two fish. This time, with all the newly healed halt and lame people, He Himself initiated the business of feeding them. He had seven loaves. As many as the days of the work of creation, as many as the sacraments He gave to His Church. As many as the swans a-swimming, as many as the gifts the Holy Spirit gives. Seven loaves to restore the strength of 4,000 men, with their women and children. Seven baskets gathered up afterwards.
The Heart of God longs to provide what we need. He provides grace, invisible and supernatural and everlasting. And He provides all the attendant material things that we need along with it, while we are yet pilgrims on this earth.
St. Francis Xavier lived and died to share the grace of Jesus Christ with people who had never heard of Him. He died 462 years ago today, after spending himself for the good of others’ souls and bodies. He is one of the two heavenly patrons of the evangelical enterprise. The other, of course, is: Therese of Lisieux.
Because we trust altogether in the will of God to provide us with what we need, we can share the grace and the food.