Who is Jesus really?
That's the real question in today's passage. People are guessing Elijah or John the Baptist. Herod is wondering the same thing.
|The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes|
by Lambert Lombard, c. 1550.
The feeding of the 5000 is miraculous and we may figuratively ask, how is Jesus feeding us today? As disciples, a more poignant question may be, who is Jesus asking us to feed?
On this World Day of Prayer, it may be good for us not only to pray for the hungry but to give something to feed them. You may do so by following this link.
The final scene of the transfiguration tells us who Jesus really is and God reiterates what was stated in his baptism. God then also adds the words, "Listen to him!"
The command of Jesus that stands out in this passage for me is when he tells the disciples, "You give them something to eat." It's always easier to send them on their way!
I like Saint Alcuin (735-804) of York's prayer for closing this devotion:
O King of glory and Lord of valor, who has said, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world": be victorious in us your servants, for without you, we can do nothing. Grant your compassion to go before us, your compassion to come behind us: before us in our undertakings, behind us in our ending. And what more shall we say but that your will be done; for your will is our salvation, our glory and our joy. Amen.