FRIDAY (August 7, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;” (Isaiah 55:3)

Reading
“Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:18–21)

Meditation
This is no ordinary meal Jesus provides. He provides real food to hungry people. He doesn’t just say, “Well, I am the bread of life, so be at peace,” true as that is. He provides for both body and soul. He attends to the physical hunger of the people who have followed Him. They are fed, satisfied and there is food left over. Jesus is the compassionate One who is always enough and more. He gives out of His unending abundance. We need not fear or live in scarcity. There is more than enough of Jesus to go around.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Ada before you this day, asking that You would give her your mercy all the days of her life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer