In today's Gospel, Jesus puts it all out there so we can see His glory and His power. Great crowds followed him up the mountain with only their faith in hand and placed their loved ones who needed healing at His feet.
Jesus cured one after another from whatever affliction weighed them down. They walked away healed and glorifying Him as witness to His power.
And then, instead of basking in the glory of the miracles He performed, He did something very human - something we are all capable of...He showed compassion. He said to His disciples:
"My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
for they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
I do not want to send them away hungry,
for fear they may collapse on the way."
In these words, the true emotion He felt was very clear. He really cared about the welfare of these people. Wasn't it enough that He healed their loved ones? But He put Himself in their shoes and knew what they had all been through to get to Him and what it would take for them to return home. Of course, then He turned His compassion into action by feeding them all with just 7 loaves of bread and a few fish. He shows us here how He is indeed fully God and fully man in one singular act act of grace.
We may not be able to feed so many people with so little food when we feel that need to help others, but I'm always amazed by what happens when real compassion for others becomes the motivator of our actions. In those moments, His presence is undeniable, and the bounty is multiplied!
– Steve Cunningham P'12 '14 '17, Assistant Head of School for Facilities