THURSDAY (August 6, 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
“Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.”” (Matthew 14:15–18)

Meditation
Imagine the scene. It is getting close to dark, there are no markets, no houses even—it is desolate. The crowds have followed Jesus. He has healed them, touched them, spoke to them. But, they are hungry and there is no food. The disciples become practical (and fearful), perhaps weary of the great crowds themselves. They want Jesus to send them away. Jesus response is rather startling, “No, they can stay. Now YOU give them something to eat.” What? Is Jesus crazy? There is barely enough food for Jesus and the disciples, and they are supposed to feed these thousands of people? Jesus then says those simple words, “Bring them (the five loaves and two fish) to me,” and we get ready for Him to provide once more.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Terry this day, as she goes about the callings you have given to her. 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